London Glassblowing presents Latitude – 15 June to 7 July
London Glassblowing hosts Latitude (15 June to 7 July) – a selection of work produced by Glassblowing artists Louis Thompson and James Devereux whilst working in the Soneva Art & Glass Studio in the Maldives.
Each year Soneva Fushi Resort invites a small selection of top international glass artists to make work in their hot shop and contribute to the burgeoning glass scene in the Maldives.
Devereux and Thompson share uncommon approaches to the medium, Devereux working as glass technician at the Royal College of Art from 2009 to 2013, where the two artists first met, and receiving wide acclaim for his hot chipped technique used in his Clovis pieces. Thompson’s insightful blend of concept and technical skill have garnered attention from institutions such as Salisbury Cathedral, the New Glass Review 38 in 2016, and the Jerwood Prize in 2012.
World renowned for its commitment to ecological responsibility and sustainability, Soneva Art & Glass works exclusively with recycled glass, giving new life to the five tonnes that are produced in the area each month. The Thompson and Devereux residency lasted from the 10 February to 4 March where the beauty of their environment influenced their current artistic preoccupations, developing their existing threads. Other artists the studio has welcomed include masters Lino Tagliapietra, Howard BenTré, and Martin Janecky.
“We felt incredibly privileged to have been invited to participate in this unique residency programme. Working at this remote studio was an extraordinary creative journey, in an environment rich in pure natural wonders.” Said James Devereux and Louis Thompson.
Established by Peter Layton in 1976, London Glassblowing was among the first hot-glass studios in Europe. The studio has a reputation as one of Europe’s leading glassmaking workshops with a particular flair for the use of colour, form and texture. The gallery displays work from the London Glassblowing team of ten resident artists, together with emerging makers and internationally renowned glass artists.
A selection of the work produced by Thompson and Devereux has joined the permanent collection at Soneva Art & Glass. Whilst, London Glassblowing will host Latitude from 15 June to 7 July at Peter Layton London Glassblowing, 62-66 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD.