‘Frozen’ glass art on display in Sunderland

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STRIKING glass artwork created in Sunderland is being showcased at one of the most prestigious galleries in the country.

Today, pieces made by artists Richard Slee and James Maskrey at National Glass Centre’s world-class facilities, will be on display at Saatchi Gallery, London.

The artworks will be available to buy as part of Collect, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects, which is exhibiting work created by the finest artists working in glass and ceramics.

Glass is a major focus of this year’s fair, and National Glass Centre are among the internationally-important galleries represented at the art fair, which attracts high-profile art collectors from around the world, looking to buy the best in contemporary art and craft.

Mr Maskrey’s work is an extension of his Antarctic Episodes series that celebrates the heroic age of Antarctic exploration.

His body of work features free-blown glass bottles and glasses which look like they have an ice effect.

They contain free-blown glass whale teeth and bone, printed with maps of the route and a job advert that explorer Shackleton placed in a newspaper to recruit men for the expedition.

Mr Slee’s humorous body of work was originally inspired by the floor in the Saatchi Gallery, which reminded him of water.

His central conception was Boat with Oars. Inflating the translucent dingy can be likened to the act of blowing and inflating glass. He replaced the blades of the oars with glass, wanting them to look as if they were soft and pliable like the plastic of the boat, but being glass, they are a ‘frozen’ version.

Collect runs until today.