Elizabeth Swinburne, Artist, Teacher, Curator and Consultant

The transient nature of relationships, the absolute accidental nature of contacts that we have in our lives and the fact that they can be as insubstantial as light. Light can be everything and nothing and we don’t always see our impact on other people.  I think I am conscious of this through teaching, through life, through relationships.  I am very aware and quite amazed the effect I have on people and the effect they have on me.  How even the smallest contact can make a really big difference.'

'Glass provides me with a particular kind of language. Because of the associations that people have with it and because I know as a maker how it works, it gives me the words to form a visual sentence. Glass has a memory. When you are working with molten glass, if you chill a bit of glass that memory is captured, it is part of the piece and that is one of the things that I am exploiting.'
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  Details of installation 'Lightworks' 2000
Installation at National Glass Center, Sunderland, UK
  Photographer for all 'Lightworks images',
Trudie Ballantyne
detail of installation
'Lightworks' was also exhibited at:
Glasstec 2000, Düsseldorf;
2000, 'Spirited Approach,Women Glass Artists Today'
Kunstmuseum, Düsseldorf
2002, Arti et Amicitiae, Amsterdam
2002, Ebeltoft Glass Museum, Ebeltoft, Denmark

A catalogue was produced to accompany this exhibition. Available from the National Glass Centre, Sunderland or The Book Exchange, Corning, New York
'Elizabeth Swinburne Lightworks'
ISBN 0 9533317 17
This installation was made possible by an AHRB research grant and the kind technical support of Carl Nordbruch.
Glass work
  Deep vessel
Other work