About Elliot Walker, Glass Sculpture Artist
I am a sculptor working with molten glass as my primary medium. I studied glass making in the Historic Glass Quarter, Stourbridge, where I developed my basic skills that are the essential foundation for creating works in this challenging medium.
I have been creating my sculpture for a close to a decade and currently working from my studio situated in Hertford. At the studio I also facilitate the creation of works for a number of noted designers and artists. I also have the pleasure of working as part of the London glassblowing studio team alongside some of the UKs most exciting glass artists.
The inspiration for my sculpture come mainly from traditional arts and sculpture, including still life painting and the ability of glass to trick and subvert the viewers visual and tactile experience.
I am a dedicated experimenter with my chosen material and am constantly trying to challenge myself and the audiences of my work to abandon many preconceptions of the material.
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STILL LIFE COLLECTION
In Walker’s Words…
It has been a physically and psychologically demanding journey creating and developing my Still Life series, and the idea of a journey is a key element to consider when viewing my work as a whole.
The novelty of each development has a significant impact on me personally and, almost like a gambling addiction, I am constantly looking to regain that feeling of achievement or overcome a failure.
This constant searching or striving for an ideal composition or concept has given me a greater understanding of the genre as a whole, and the obsessive nature of it.
Working with Still life also appeals to my love of variety in my professional practise, and through this format I have the freedom and privilege to explore everything from traditional goblet construction to complex, multicomponent sculpture.
My work also utilises almost every conceivable technique in glass making. Complex and subtle colouring techniques along with cold processes like cutting and polishing, surface decoration, texturing and a host of sculpture techniques many of which have taken years to develop and master.
My interest in Still Life began early, before I had even considered a career as an artist. I take much of my inspiration from great artists such as Steenwyck and Morandi. Glass is often a key element in still life painting and usually acts as a demonstration of luxury and, on a more practical level, a demonstration or the painters’ skills.
The glass bottle is the most common and mundane of glass object, instantly recognisable in function and form and heavily depicted in still life as both context and subject, but in many ways, it is the object which has formed the basis of most contemporary glass art.
Making bottles always feels like heading towards the centre of the Still Life concept; the process of elevating the domestic and every day to a state of grace. The individual objects alone can be seen as having have little worth beyond their initial function but it is the combination and composition which gives them value and visual impact.
And here the idea of a journey re-emerges for me. I am constantly looking to the past for inspiration, from both the rich and varied history of fine art and from the technical and aesthetic history of glass making which, since the advent of the studio glass movement in the 1950s, has constantly shifting paradigms as to what exactly defines it.