I have great first impressions of James Deveruex and Katie Huskie! I love the fact that James got into Royal College MA but then dropped out after one year because "it wasn't for him". And also, how the hell did Katie manage to set the propane tank on fire when she was at uni?!
Katie Huskie studied at the University of Sunderland 2006-2009, specialising in Hot Glass (with a little bit of Ceramics). She attended a rollup materclass with Scott Chaseling in Whiltshire, and was an apprentice at the Liquid Glass Centre for 2 years, working as both a tutor and technician by the end. Essentially she has had a very enviable glass education. She lost her love of glass so moved to Australia to volunteer at studios whilst she was travelling around. Katie worked at the Jam Factory in Adelaide with Nick Mount, and at Cambera Glassworks with Claire Belfrage; where she pulled lots and lots of stringers.
Seriously!!! This sounds amazing and when can I do this?
Katie's work features a lot of repetition and simple shapes, with surface decoration. She likes to work with multiples, patterns and the use of colour; working on the idea of them all playing together.
James Devereux got into glass through work experience at school. He used to go every weekend whilst at school and college to work at Bristol Blue. He left when he got fed up of blowing, wanting to work sculpturally. His early works all incorporated his love of scuba diving, so much so that his degrees show was underwater. I really admire James for so freely admitting that he doesn't want to make his own work, that he'd rather make glass for other people. It seems like such a taboo thing to say, but it's how I feel aswell. He went back to the factory to learn more, before setting up his own small hotshop. Setting up your own hot shop is EXPENSIVE! James had £8,000 and lots of favours and borrowing to make it work. He "borrowed" his bench from the Bristol Factory.
These two together are brilliant. They have a close comradery and infectious enthusiasm for the material. They did a studio demonstration the next day, where they made one of James' Clovis series. The demo was brilliant. So great to see Katie kicking arse and showing what women can do! Doing most of the heavy lifting and reheats.
Annoyingly I wasn't able to take any photos of these brilliant people in action, due to being on door duty. But here's a lovely photo of my arm after standing in front of 2 glorys at 1180*c for an hour. Enjoy!