This radical approach to carving glass, results in works that are steeped in raw energy, yet possess a refined elegance. This balance between form and fragility, coupled with the pieces’ transparency, colour and surface texture allow me to create objects that are uniquely beautiful.
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Artist: Tim Shaw
Medium: Blown and carved glass
Tim Shaw has three degrees in Glassblowing. After attaining his BA (Hons) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in the UK in the early 80’s, he went on to study at the avant-garde Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam where he continued to develop and experiment creating a unique style of art glass. Upon his return to the UK he established a hot glass workshop in London where he continued his artistic practice. His creative talent was recognized by his peers, and he was invited to undertake his second MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Here he further refined and honed his glassmaking skills whilst pushing the boundaries of his artistic expression.
For the past 12 years Tim has resided in Australia where he operates his own hotglass workshop, one of the few independent studios in South Australia. His studio is nestled amongst the Stringybark forests of the beautiful Adelaide Hills, less than 20 minutes from the Adelaide city center. In this idyllic and creative setting, Tim’s work has flourished, absorbing an Australian influence. This inspiration is most marked through his use of vibrant colour and striking forms. Tim is passionate about glass and creates objects of great beauty. His pleasure in working with glass is evident to the viewer.Tim Shaw’s art glass is seductive and alluring. His love of colour, surface decoration and texture captures the viewer and fires the imagination. Tim’s art is versatile and exciting. His technical talents and artistic flair combine to create unique masterpieces notably his ‘Slash and Cut’ Series.
The glass art from Tim Shaw is generally considered the finest in the world, which is why it is proudly on display at our fine art gallery in Scottsdale. Stop by to view more original pieces of glass art from Tim Shaw as well as other hand made glass artwork from world-renowned artists. The Marshall Gallery of Fine Art is pleased to represent the beautiful glass art from Tim Shaw at our Arizona art gallery on Main Street in Old Town Scottsdale.
- Visiting Artist, National Glass Center, UK, 2010
- Awarded Residency, Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Scotland, 2007
- Finalist, Tom Malone Prize, Australia, 2004
- Finalist, Ranamok Glass Prize, Australia, 2002, 2003
- Awarded Full Fellowship, The Creative Glass Centre of America, 1990
- Awarded Full Scholarship, Pilchuck School of Glass, USA, 1989
- First Prize, Dudley Crystal Festival, UK, 1988
- Art Gallery of South Australia
- Museum of American Glass, New Jersey
- Fraunau Glass Museum, Germany
- Broadfield House Glass Museum, UK
- Institution of Contemporary Art, UK
- Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Palomar College, San Diego, CA
- University of Hawaii, USA
- Lady Pamela Harlech, Bath, UK
- Dan Klein and Alan J. Poole, Experts in Contemporary Glass, UK
“My ‘Slash and Cut’ Series take traditional blown forms that I slash and cut with my diamond saw to carve and sculpt the surface. The holes in the piece serve to challenge the viewers’ concept of the vessel as well as allowing the object to be viewed simultaneously from within and without. This process is dangerous and exhilarating at the same time. Whilst I start with a vague plan of attack, the piece often dictates the carving process, and all too often the vessel ceases to exist because I overstep the line, and end up with a pile of broken glass! This radical approach to carving glass, results in works that are steeped in raw energy, yet possess a refined elegance. This balance between form and fragility, coupled with the pieces’ transparency, colour and surface texture allow me to create objects that are uniquely beautiful.”