Having recently celebrated by 30th Anniversary as a crystal artist and designer in Canada earlier in the year, it was an honor to be invited by the Guild of Glass Engravers to be one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Glass Conference & AGM in London, England. The Guild of Glass Engravers was first established in 1975, with the primary aim being to promote the highest standards of creative design and craftsmanship under its first President, the late Sir Lawrence Whistler.
To coincide with my keynote presentation and visit to England, I was delighted to be invited by Leo Duval to exhibit my crystal art at the Plateaux Gallery located within Thomas Goode & Co., one of London’s most venerable retailers located in the heart of Mayfair. First established in 1827, Thomas Goode & Co. is known world wide for its fine china, silver and crystal, and has received two royal warrants from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and HRH Prince Charles.
Under the stewardship of Art Director, Leo Duval, the Plateaux Gallery has become the United Kingdom’s leading specialist in contemporary art glass representing internationally acclaimed artists from around the world with particular emphasis on Eastern European glass. The gallery also provides inspiration for many of the Britain’s leading interior designers pursuing exclusive art pieces and installations for their clients.
The collection of art pieces on display provide a wide variety of techniques including casting, lamination, blown and engraved glass and crystal, with both colored and optically clear examples of this ethereal material. American artist, Christopher Ries, conveys such pure elegance of design with a sculpture of lyrical beauty, which when turned reveal a flower whose petals had been concealed from the previous angle. Such is the magic of glass that walking between these magnificent art pieces provides a journey in creativity and endless possibility.
Plateaux Gallery currently represents the following international artists Latchezar Boyadjiev, Peter Bremers, Gyorgy Gaspar, David James, Christopher Ries, Oliver Lesso, Laszlo Lukacsi, Peter Mandl, Mihaly Mjartan, Harry Pollit, Thomas Scoon and Vladmir Zbynovsky.
The exhibition runs until January 2014. Contact: www.plateaux.co.uk