SSW is presenting new work by artists Lisa Bate, Katya Izabel Filmus, Kate Hobby and Clare Flately, during an Open Studio event from 24-26 November, 10am to 5pm. Over the three days members of the public are welcome to come and view our unique facilities, meet the artists and view the works on display.
The work presented is a culmination of a collaborative Metal and Glass Residency between North Lands Creative Glass in Caithness and SSW, completed over the last two months. The residency was formatted to allow artists working with casting in different materials to come together and exchange ideas, skills and techniques. The artists have spent equal time at both venues, and have supported each other in peer-to-peer learning.
Each venue selected two artists to participate in the exchange. North Land Creative Glass selected glass artists Lisa Bate and Katya Isabel Filmus.
Lisa Bate is a recent graduate of Contemporary Crafts from University College Falmouth, specialising in kiln formed glass and metalwork, producing both static and kinetic sculpture. Lisa has recently been awarded an Honorary Diploma from the Jutta Cuny-Franz Foundation 2011, exhibited at The British Glass Biennale in 2010 and most recently her sculpture Genera Nucleation III has been selected by the Jury for the Zwieseler Kolbl Wild Dreams exhibition for the European Advancement Award for Young Glass Artists.
Katya Izabel Filmus specialises in sculptural kiln formed glass, ceramic and glass design exploring the notions of memory and identity. She studied sculpture in Tel Aviv before being admitted to Bezalel Academy of Art & Design, Jerusalem where she studied for 4 years before founding her own studio. In 2009 Katya moved from Israel to the UK to undertake an MA course at University of Sunderland. Her studio is based at the prestigious National Glass Centre where she runs her business & undertakes some specialist commissions for the Glass Centre Studio. The most recent of these being the Glenfiddich Stag Head casts for 21 international airports.
SSW selected Kate Hobby and Clare Flatley.
Kate Hobby has a degree in Fine Art Sculpture from Norwich School of Art and Design, and since 2004 has spent time at Salem Art Works, NY USA as artist in residence, and currently has a studio at Butley Mills Studio, Suffolk where she also teaches metal casting techniques. Cast metals have become integral to her practice over the past few years, working both in iron, bronze and slag, a glass like by product of copula iron. Kate recently exhibited at Woman Make Sculpture, Pangolin London, with her piece Bobbin and the Beast, a show highlighting the diversity and creativity of woman sculptors today.
Clare Flately is a recent graduate from Edinburgh College of Art with a degree in Sculpture using casting as her principle process. Recents works include The Black Gates, developing processes of solidifying distortions and reflection of objects familiar to us, giving them an alternative, opposite existence. Clare is interested in creating objects and environments that displace the viewer and suggest an alternative space or world.