Amanda Brisbane

Glass Base for sculpture by Amanda Brisbane
Frozen Water - Aqua by Amanda Brisbane
Frozen Water - Ice by Amanda Brisbane
Frozen Water - Topaz by Amanda Brisbane
Frozen Water II by Amanda Brisbane
Frozen Water I by Amanda Brisbane
Leading contemporary glass sculpture artist, Amanda Brisbane creates stunning works of art which tend to be of underwater creatures – predominantly fish and coral and other seaforms– although has been known to originate amazing glass re-imaginings of butterflies, leaves and cellos too. Cellos the percussion instrument that is. In Brisbane’s own words, the talented glassworks exponent says; “I am inspired by glass and the challenges it creates. Each piece is unique, unrepeatable. How the colour splits or gathers cannot be predicted or replicated”.

Quite rightly billed as the UK’s foremost sand casted glass artist, Brisbane hails from Ludlow in the English-Welsh Marches. Or near the border between the two countries if you require a more geographically insistent location. Born here in August 1964, Brisbane studied art and design in London, before adding to this formal qualification with a first class honours degree from West Surrey University. Not content with bagging these, Brisbane – after gaining a scholarship – attended the Tyler School of Art which is situated overseas, to further her further/higher education. Overseas on this occasion being in the city of Philadelphia, America. Finally Brisbane concluded her (exhaustive) studies with a stint in Boston.

During that period of prolonged study, Brisbane specialized in the technique known as sand cast glass, which is widely acknowledged in the industry for being a spontaneous and fluid technique which promotes an enviable flexibility and sense of the organic in the all-important moulding and initial construction phases. In terms of just how this works, a special bed of sand is first prepared, followed by the sand being worked by the introduction of various forms, which manifests what’s known as a negative shape. This early form and function is then filled with hot molten glass, whilst eventually the original sand mould element is deconstructed on completion of the final piece.

This end game therefore ensures that the piece is unique and physically un-replicable. Brisbane favours a chemical mix of raw oxides, championing the causes of copper, cobalt and nickel oxide in the main to engineer the sublime depth of colours which characterize her ornate glass structures; furnishing each with an individuality and intrigue all of its own.

Taking on board all that she had been taught and confident that she could prosper in this specific contemporary art market and forge a name and reputation for herself, Brisbane launched her own glass blowing business, back in her native Ludlow, in 1993, which proved very successful from the outset. So much so, that by 2000 Brisbane had in place her own hot glass studio, and as a result of her unmistakable talent and skillset has since gone on to fulfil a plethora of both private and commercially-derived briefs/commissions, including works that have been displayed in London and Birmingham City Centres, whilst a collection of Brisbane’s sculptures have been showcased on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines.

Expanding on the latter, this large project undertaken at the request of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines saw the visual realisation of two atrium-based sculptures aboard their prestigious fleet, whilst Brisbane has also overseen public sculptural work completed on behalf of the new B&Q office headquarters in Southampton and a 20 feet sculpture (comprising of 300 individual pieces) for the new Address Hotel, located in Dubai, alongside of many more featured artwork around said hotel.
Away from the more corporate aspect and market, Brisbane’s glassworks have also been collected across Europe and throughout America, while some of her signature pieces have been exhibited at New York’s Corning Museum in recent years.

Brisbane continues to be inspired by glass and its constant challenges, with much of her inspiration coming from the sea and water; and hence a large body of her private work falling into that category as such. As far as Brisbane is concerned (and paraphrasing the artist herself); “Glass, with its liquidity when hot, is a wonderful medium to express these fluid images”. And running the rule over Brisbane’s immense back catalogue of work, it’s near impossible to argue with that.

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