The Swarovski Crystals arrived, and Naomi has been exploring them in her studio and kiln for the last three months. She learnt a lot about the Crystal through her experiments. Having had challenges with the material but continued and have found a way of creating a small vessel form in the style of my working.Read More
My quarterly magazine break arived yesterday and I enjoyed reading it as I always do.
Full of inspiring artists stories, how to apply for council awards, book reviews, meetings forthcoming and past. I enjoy reading these quarterly magazines as they keep me focused and determined to succeed.
I applied and was accepted to exhibit my work in the Vessel Exhibition at the Vessel Gallery in London for a fundraising event organised by the Contemporary Glass Society.
I was especially pleased to see my Vessel in the Portfolio section after the VESSELS @ VESSEL review by Katherine Coleman.
Her review is brief and to the point. Listing the visitors favorite 'Old Bean Can' by Rachel Mary Elliott. I can see why. The skills and talent involved in making this glass tin can with a few glass beans in is fabulous and fun.
All this feedback and articles I read, in this magazine and others alike, whether it be about my work or not it all helps my understanding of what is liked and more importantly appreciated. It shows I'm on the right path as my image of my work was selected to be printed.
I am pleased to see my work alongside these fabulous glass artists and I will continue to support the CGS when ever I can do.
With special thanks to Pam Reekie at the Contemporary Glass Society for keeping all the artists informed and up to date.
Glass Network - Sponsored by Creative Glass - The CGS quarterly Magazine Issue 65 / September 2017 - ISSN 1476-9247 - www.cgs.co.uk -
One Year On - Part 1 2017 with Naomi Jacques
Before the show.
I remember applying for New Designers One Year On, and thinking should I apply for the opportunity to exhibit? If you don't try you'll never know! So I did. I took the chance, I applied and I was accepted to exhibit.
Being a glass artist and knowing that the previous years glass had been on the decline in the One Year On shows, it was a long shot. So my advice to you if your a year on in a creative business, APPLY, you never know what could happen unless you try, even if you think you wont get a look in. Do it anyway you might be pleasantly surprised.
PR is something I was not very confident in and I am still learning. The team behind and supporting New Designers work so hard getting your images and news to the right readers. Be organised with your news and images ahead of the event. You'll need strong images that speak for the work you make. I was pleased to see my images be selected by Aesthetica Magazine, Design Curial - good images get used. Invest in your photography as soon as possible.
It was a pleasure to work with Rheanna Ingram, One Year On curator, her experience, knowledge and her approach was friendly, to the point and extremely helpful.
Patricia Van, from the Design Trust, a wonderful women with a vast amount of knowledge. All the OYO's were invited to join two webinars with Patricia, these were fabulous. Everything a new business needs to know and more. Invaluable resource for sure.
Also I would like to mention Beth from Upper Streets Events. She kept us all in the know via regular emails. I appreciated all her help and information from the start right till the end.
During the show.
Mari explores the fluidity of hot glass via kiln forming techniques making colourful sculptural forms using gravity and heat.
Alice works in the hot shop creating beautiful forms and radiant colours that appear to have been painted on inspired by many colours.
As for me I use kiln forming processes to make delicate sculptural works that have been inspired by broken becoming beautiful. We three are still very much in contact and hope to work together in the future and plan exhibitions to showcase all our differences.
After the show.
Reflecting back on my time at OYO the one thing I would have done differently would have been to bring a friend or colleague whom you can tag team with - by that I mean share the stand time with, so you can have regular breaks, eat and drink well and so on. The first few days of the actual show are long and hard going - if you think exhibiting with your university was tough, then doing OYO alone will take it out of you big time! Take help and support from your family and friends. This is a big show, people are visiting all day long, get your stand covered at all times. Yes, your neighbours can be there to help, but they need breaks too.
I kid you not it has taken a week (plus) to recover from the physical and mental exhaustion of OYO.
My time post show has been spent following leads and contacting everyone who I spoke to on my stand at OYO. This is by far the most important thing to do, and I believe we as creatives find most challenging.
I have made so many new connections with professionals, fellow makers/designers and I have made friends.
For now I am looking into Artist In Residence schemes, AA2A and Inspire programs. I am working with new materials with the possibility of being sampled by one company (found at ND OYO).
As well as running community workshops locally for all ages and abilities. I enjoy teaching kiln forming processes. I find it so rewarding when a person lights up with delight to see what they themselves have made. Glass is a medium that can be taught to all ages and abilities when delivered safely.
Thank you to everyone who made my time at New Designers OYO 2017 so special and rememberable. Thanks to Rheanna, Patricia and the Upper Streets team for making this whole experience a successful one. A special Thank You also to my family and friends for all your support before, during and after this amazing show. I could not have done it with out you all.
On Location at Existent's Office in Lichfield to photograph my sculptural vessels on some wonderful contemporary furniture.
It is nice to be able to see the works in situ in this way. I hope these images will enable you to see how these pieces would sit in your home or office.
The reflections and glows of these pieces are so difficult to truly capture. It is lovely to have them shown on other surfaces than that of my photo studio.
Light refracting and reflecting making these sculpture appear like crystal and diamonds.
With special thanks to Paul for allowing Jacqui and I to use the Existent office to photograph my new collection of works.
Online exhibition with Contemporary Glass society to which my 'Shards' piece has been selected to be shown.
The theme of this exhibition is Destruction/Construction. This theme is apt to my practice as I explore these very elements through my work in physical and mental terms.
Broken glass (frit) is used in all of my works. The idea being that broken can be beautiful and strong once again.
Take a look at the 30 artists chosen to exhibit online with GCS
"Tuesday 25 April 2017
A University of Wolverhampton graduate has been selected to exhibit her work at a prestigious art event in London.
Contemporary Glass Society (GCS) have organised an exhibition for members to sell there glass in order to raise much needed funds for the society.
VESSELS is to be exhibited at the Vessel Gallery in London 6th July till 19th August 2017
Dates for your diary: 6th July - 19th August 2017
"VESSELS at Vessel Gallery London
6th July - 19th August 2017
CGS Open Exhibition
CGS is delighted to announce our open show at Vessel Gallery London.
Vessels have been with us for thousands of years and are part of our everyday use.
CGS has challenged its members to create an exciting variation of an everyday object, to use their imagination and produce a fantastic vessel. The only restriction is, its volume should not be more than 750ml.
136 CGS members have said they will take part in this amazing show, including artists Angela Thwaites, Katharine Coleman, Rachel Elliott, Stewart Hearn Debbie Timperley, & David Reekie.
The work will sell from £100 - £500 maximum
This is a fund raising show for CGS and all money raised will go toward future events.
Vessel Gallery, 114 Kensington Park Road, London, W11 2PW
Founded in Notting Hill, London in 1999 Vessel Gallery aims to be a major destination for all those who appreciate contemporary art-glass sculpture and decorative lighting. From the stunning simplicity of Scandinavian crystal, via flamboyant Italian art glass, to the best of British and International creative talents."
Pictured above is Gradients (ii), the piece, I have donated to this fundraising show.
WOW Aesthetica have featured my image in a recent interview with One Year on curator Rheanna Lingham
Googling my name has become fun just lately as I never know what will be found....
"Chosen on the strength of their craft, design flair and quality of product, the 80 talented individuals taking part were selected by a panel of experts from across the design industry, and are tipped to be the iconic designers of the future. We speak to Rheanna Lingham, curator of One Year On about the selection process, what to look out for at this year’s show, and to gain an insight into Shoreditch store Luna & Curious run by Lingham and two fellow creatives Polly George and Kaoru Parry.'
Date of article : 23rd April 2017
Sponsord by Mark Holford
25th August – 9th September 2017
"Celebrations will be the CGS fun Exhibition at the International Festival of Glass in 2017 as part of our 20th Anniversary. 138 CGS members have made a piece of glass celebrating an event of special importance - however big or small. All work is for sale and could be the perfect present you are looking for to mark your own special occasion."
CELEBRATIONS aim to be even more successful than our 2015 Festival Exhibition “Wish You Were Here”, when over 80 glass postcards sold.
This is a fundraising exhibition and all proceeds will go towards future CGS events and the International Festival of Glass
Show opens 4pm Friday 25th August
Best in show £300 sponsored by Alan J Poole
People's Prize £300 sponsored by Mark Holford
Two runners up £100 each sponsored by Mark Holford
My offering to this fund raising event is Touch of Gold Coaster 2017
After featuring on the emerging talent section of Very First To My work was published in High End Magazine.
"Made from shards of transparent, clear, bullseye glass, this sculptural art bowl was created by artist Naomi Jacques. “This piece in particular depicts an evocative balance between fragility and strength. I wanted to create something that celebrates a beauty that can often only be found resurfacing from darkness,” says Jacques. Although the bowl appears precarious to handle due to its blend of glass pieces, a process Jacques calls “glass frit fusion” that took several years to master, she explains it to be “very tactile and can be held delicately, but it definitely will not cut you.” Likened to a sheet of raw-cut diamond by viewers, Jacques imagines her piece to function as a “conversation appetizer, a thought-provoking creation that people can talk about and reflect upon its meaning."
Contemporary Glass Society Graduate Review 2016
"Following on from the successful annual student glass prize awarded at ‘New Designers’, C.G.S. has decided to expand the opportunity for all British and Irish glass graduates. We have replaced the New Designers Glass Award with a more inclusive publication, “C.G.S. Graduate Review”. This is a 16 page publication, which will be circulated extensively as well as via Neues Glas - New Glass: Art & Architecture, crafts&design and CRAFTS social media and will give us an opportunity to showcase more of the emerging talent form British Graduates. There will be prizes for the Winner and two Runners-up."
Commended 'Mother Torso'
Image Credit Naomi Jacques 2016