|'how I work…'
Elizabeth Swinburne began her studies working with ceramics
but a short introduction to glass blowing quickly enticed
her away. She loved the seeming immediacy and spontaneity
that the material demanded. However, quickly learnt that
to do anything beyond the wobbly bubble or puddle on the
floor required a serious technical undertaking.
It has always been important to her to have a 'hands
on' approach to creating. Her educational background and
the years of teaching others has given her a broad range
of technical skill and understanding to draw on.
This means that her work is not limited to one technical
approach, over the years she has used glassblowing, hot
casting, kiln casting - whatever was appropriate to communicate
her idea in the most effective way. Her work exploits the
many characteristics of the material - its fluidity, fragility
Swinburne lives and works in Amsterdam, where she has
a large electric oven and a range of glass finishing equipment.
She rents specific equipment as her ideas and new projects
demand. For glass blowing she often rents furnace time
at Van Tetterode, Amsterdam or when bigger forms are required
goes to Hartzkristal in Germany where she works with a
team of craftsmen.