Visiting Artist Master Series: Flame Working & Mixed Techniques with Annie Cattrell & Andrea Spencer


  • Minimum 2 persons (max 6)
  • 19-23 September 2018
  • 10:00 – 17:00
  • Instructor:
    Annie Cattrell
    & Andrea Spencer
  • 700€ (taxes included)
  • All levels

Class Description

From Within

We all have inner thoughts, feelings and perceptions of the exterior world we inhabit and navigate throughout our life-time.

This workshop will explore how the poetics or narratives of these interior worlds make connections with an imagined or real exterior place or specific site.

Using flame worked glass we will aim to construct three-dimensional artworks and installations that begin to explore these imagined and transitory worlds.

In the first instance we will use drawing and assembling processes to trigger ways and explore how best to begin working with these ideas in three dimensions.

This workshop will focus on flame working techniques and the participants will begin to learn simple skills that will allow them to experimentally play, explore and construct with glass in order to visually and structurally realize their poetic inner narratives.

Flame working is a very versatile glass technique whereby intricate structures, blown forms, fragile hot modeling and colour fusing can be combined to make extra ordinary sculptural evocations.

We will aim to finish the workshop by setting up the work produced as a pop up exhibition at Berlin Glas.

Conceptual and Technical topics covered during the workshop:

  • Fusing: using rods and tubes
  • Blowing
  • Structures: including circles, cubes etc
  • Colour
  • Kiln annealing
  • Drawing and assemblage: using mixed media
  • Artists Talks by Annie and Andrea
  • Possible visit to the Charite Museum in Berlin

About Annie Cattrell

Cattrell was born in Glasgow and studied Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art, University of Ulster and at the Royal College of Art.

Her practice is often informed by working with specialists in neuroscience, meteorology, engineering, psychiatry and the history of science. This cross-disciplinary approach has enabled her to learn about cutting edge research and in depth information in these fields.

She is particularly interested in the parallels and connections that can be drawn within these approaches in both art and science.

Cattrell’s recent solo exhibitions include Fathom, Pier Art Centre, (Orkney), Anne Faggionato Gallery (London), The Faraday Museum at the Royal Institution (London) and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery.

Her artworks have been shown widely nationally and internationally including in: Medicine and Art (imaging the future for life and love) Mori Museum, Tokyo; Out of the Ordinary at the V and A in London; Hybrid, MIC Auckland; Not Nothing, curated by MUKA, Antwerp; Invisible Worlds at Freiburg Kunstverein, Germany; The Body, Art and Science, National Museum in Stockholm; Einfach Complex at Museum Gestaltung in Zurich; Paper Cuts, Fredericke Taylor Gallery, New York and On the Edge for the TAT Museum in the Humboldt University, Berlin.

Her work Sense was made in collaboration with Morten Kringelbach is owned by The Wellcome Trust. Other artworks are in public collections such as MacManus Art Gallery and Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Scottish Arts Council etc and in many private collections.

In 2008 she jointly won the International Bombay Sapphire prize.

Cattrell has undertaken a number of large scale commissions including Echo at the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail; 0 to 10,000,000 for the award winning Bio-chemistry Department at Oxford University designed by architects Hawkins Brown and Resounding for Oxford Brookes University. Currently she is Lead Artist at New Museum Site at Cambridge University, where she is in the process of making a public commission situated at the Old Cavendish Laboratories and Student Services Building.

She has completed residencies at Camden Arts Centre; The Royal Institution of Great Britain; The Royal Edinburgh Hospital; ACE Helen Chadwick Fellowship at Oxford University, ANU in Canberra and at the British School at Rome.

Cattrell has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art since 2000 and has lectured in many art colleges in the UK including: Edinburgh School of Art, University of the Arts, University of Gloucester, University of Ulster and University of Southern Australia.

About Andrea Spencer

Andrea Spencer was born 1971 in Hertfordshire, England and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993 with a BA (hons) in Architectural Glass.
Her portfolio takes two divergent paths: public art commissions and autonomous sculpture. Her commissioned art works specialise in innovative applications of glass for the built environment. Her small-scale sculpture and site-specific installations are concept driven, drawing from natural forms to create artworks that carry a personal narrative.

Throughout her work Spencer maintains an emphasis on the unique properties of glass, exploiting the intrinsic qualities of transparency, fragility and fluidity inherent within the material through the making process.

Spencer’s work is held in significant public and private collections and has been exhibited at exhibitions in the UK, Europe, USA and China. Her public art commissions can been seen in many healthcare buildings throughout Northern Ireland. Since 2008 she has regularly exhibited at the British Glass Biennale and has been included in the Corning Museum of Glass’ annual New Glass Review (2010). She was awarded the Art in Action Contemporary Glass Award at the British Glass Biennale (2012) and has previously received four SIAP grants from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Spencer has been artist-in-residence at North Lands Creative Glass (Scotland) and visiting artist at Penland School of Crafts (USA) and Pilchuck Glass School (USA).

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