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Wansbeck Oasis Screen

by Claudia Phipps Architectural Glass

I am a designer and maker focusing on architectural glass. This can be anything from traditional stained glass to sculptural installations. I work to commission, so each new work is a unique conversation with the client.

My work as a glass artist is akin to dialogue – between artist and viewer, space and material.
It is important to give the viewer the space to use their own imagination and to develop for themselves the underlying message of the artwork.  The journey of an artwork is like a child. At the beginning it is a part of its creator, but once completed it takes on its own personality.
“Flight has been a central theme in my work for several years. I think it might be about escape and freedom! After my daughter was born, I found my work a form of escape. As well as looking at birds, I wanted to suggest the idea of angels. I also looked at insect wings, specifically dragonfly wings and Lacewing flies. I wanted the glass to look other-worldly.”
I use the glass as a material which can express the way I see and experience the world. Glass is both fragile and strong. Its translucency can lead to deceptive views. I love the way that artwork made in glass is dependent as much on the quality of light and the environment beyond the work itself for its existence. Through my work in glass, I have been examining ‘revealing’ as a means of creating. I am looking at the spaces between the realities which make up our lives, structures in the physical world, natural phenomena. My aim is not to tell a story, but to suggest a different way of seeing.”
Sunderland University. MA Glass. Distinction. 2001 - 2003.
Sunderland University. BA Glass. Architectural Glass and Ceramics. 1st Class (Hons). 1998 – 2001.
Oxford Brookes University. Foundation in Art and Design. Merit. 1997 – 1998.
Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School. 4 A levels and 10 GCSE’s grades A* - C. 1992 – 1997.
Awards, Recognitions and Publications
Charles Bray Glass Prize – Sunderland University 2001.
Princes Trust Award 2001.
Invitation to attend The Queen’s Garden Party. 2002.
50 Distinguished Contemporary Artists in Glass. The Intelligent Layman Publishers Ltd. 2006.
Glass North East. Arts Editions North. Peter Davies and Robert Blackson. 2007.
Professional Development
Durham University. Gleam Business Course. October 2003.
Eton College. Artist in Residence. September 2004 – June 2005.
Arts Council Graduate Placement. Mackellar Architecture. Spring 2004.
Host business for “One Year On” Work Experience student. May 2006.
Mentor on the Gleam programme. October 2005.
Professional Membership
Cohesion – Full Member.
Guild of Glass Engravers – Fellow.
Selection of Exhibitions
April – August 2012 “Releasing the Light” Johansfors Engraved Glass, Sweden.  
June 2011 “Sculpture in Glass and Clay” Open Studios, Chivery, Bucks.  
July 2010 “Unweaving the rainbow” joint exhibition, The Old Chapel, Frome.  
May – September 2010 “Lions of Bath” public art trail in Bath.  
September 2009 “Country Matters” Somerset Arts Week. Rook Lane Arts, Frome.  
September 2008 Newcastle/Gateshead Art Fair & Birmingham Art Fair.  
August – October 2008 “A Crystal Canvas” Guild of Glass Engravers exhibition.  
July 2008 “Art in Action” Glass showcase and  engraving demonstration.  
May - September 2008 “King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath public art project.  
March 2008 Cohesion Showcase at the Crowne Plaza, Dubai.  
February 2008 “Glass 3”, Cohesion exhibition Washington DC.
October 2007 “DelightIn:Design. Designed and Made, Live Theatre, Newcastle.  
August 2007 “Indestructible Fragility” with Egle Rakauskaite, Vilnius, Lithuania.  
October 2006 “Evolve” Designed and Made exhibition, Blackfriars, Newcastle.  
May 2006 “Cutting Edge”. Guild of Glass Engravers  exhibition. NGC, Sunderland.  
February 2006 “From the Heart” Cupola Gallery, Sheffield.  
October 2005 “On the road”. Designed and Made exhibition, Mushroom Works.  
September 2005 “Shaping Light 2005”.  Workspace Arts, London.  
January 2005 Staff exhibition. Eton College Drawing Schools.  
December 2004 “Blast! 2004” The Gallery, Cork Street. London.  
March 2004 “Shaping Light.”  Workspace Art, The Tea Building, London.  
March 2003 "Blast!" The Gallery, Cork Street. London  

Selection of Commissions
July ‘11 – July ‘12 Series of artworks for “The Rosie Hospital” Addenbrookes, Cambridge.
August 2011 “On a Wing” installation for private client, Studland, Dorset.
May 2010 “Shoal” installation for a private client, Frome, Somerset.
November 2009 Screen for “Wansbeck Oasis” Wansbeck Hospital, Northumberland.
August 2009 Front door panel. Private commission, Nunney, Somerset.
May 2008 Windows for the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes.
March 2007 Glass Chandelier for Pizza Express, St. Paul’s, London.
Oct 2006 (ongoing) Screen for Burngreave Vestry Hall, Sheffield.
May–Sept 2006 Stained glass and sculptural work for Rothbury Community Hospital.
Sept 06 March 07 Glass Panel For Rochester Row apartments, Westminster, London.
Feb. 06 – June 07 “Journeys” Stained Glass for St. Leonards Church, Buckinghamshire.
May 2005 “Anonymity” Stained Glass for Eton College.
September 2004 “Dappled Shade” Front door panels, Private Client, Buckinghamshire.
October 2003 Glass wall sculpture. Private Client, Durham.
December 2002 “Looking Beyond” 6 windows for Seaham Hall Hotel, Durham.
November 2002 “Study Window” Private Client, London.
March 2001 Internal door panel. Private Client. Buckinghamshire.
Sept. 99/Feb 2000 “ Sunrise” Five windows for Hartlepool Hospital.
Teaching and Community Work
January 2011 Lecture and demonstrations at University of Sunderland.
May 2007 Community Workshops Hawes, Yorkshire.
October 2006 Community Workshops Sheffield, Burngreave Community.
June 2006 Workshop with St. Leonards Sunday School.
May 2006 Community Workshops Rothbury Schools.
Sept. 04/July 05 Artist in Residence, Eton College, Windsor, Berks.
June 2004. Visiting Lecturer Newcastle College.
March/May 2004 Community Project, The Guinness Trust, Benwell, Newcastle.
Sept. 03/Sept. 04 Visiting Lecturer to the University of Sunderland.
June 03/May 04 Hadrian Lodge residential home and Lord Blyton Primary School.
Symposia and international events
May 2012 Participant at Architectural Glass Symposium, Sunderland
September 2007 Lecture for 1+1 Stained Glass Symposium, Vilnius, Lithuania. Stained Glass window installed in church in Troskunai, Lithuania.
September 2006 Participant and part of co-ordinators team for International Art, Glass Technology Conference, St. Peter’s Sunderland.
September 2005  Participant at the 4th  International Symposium of Glass Engraving, Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic. “Stella Maris” in Glass Museum.
September 2004 Visit and lecture at Stained Glass School, Monthey, Switzerland.
May 2003 Visit to Lobmeyr Glass Studios and shop, Vienna.
September 2002 Participant at the 3rd International Symposium of Glass Engraving, Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic. Glass Plate in Glass Museum.
September 2001 Participant at 1+1 Stained Glass Symposium, Vilnius, Lithuania. Stained Glass window installed in church in Troskunai, Lithuania.
September 1999 Participant at the 2nd International Symposium of Glass Engraving, Kamenicky Senov, Czech Republic.

I will be exhibiting work at Waddesdon Abbey on the 6th - 7th October. 

Artists & Makers Fair 01296 696747
See artists and makers demonstrate their art.
From clay, glass, printmaking, painting
and much more!
See gorgeous work in the making to buy.
£3.00 Entry
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The Glass House
Waddesdon Plant Centre, HP18 0JW
6th and 7th October
10.30am - 4.30pm
Entrance to Waddesdon Plant Centre, HP18 0JW is at the end of Queen Street opposite The Long Dog public house
Sally Evans Events supports: Helen and Douglas House - Bucks Young Carers - Iain Rennie Grove House Hospice Care
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