Take a batch of sand, combine it with soda ash and limestone and melt it in a furnace at 1700°C. The result – glass – is a magical material in the hands of expert craftmakers, and when mixed with other materials to produce different colours or properties, can produce objects of dazzling beauty.
Scotland has a world class glass- making centre, Caithness-based North Lands Creative Glass, and their twentieth anniversary exhibition, A Portrait at 20, at Dovecot Studios celebrates two decades of excellence. Works on show include a beautiful cast glass head by the Swedish master Bertil Vallien, engraved test pieces by the late Czech master Jiri Harcuba and ten works by ten current masters who have taught at North Lands.
September 16 – October 29
North Lands is currently hosting Elemental, the juried exhibition organised by the Scottish Glass Society (until September 5), which then moves to Edinburgh’s Coburg House (September 10 – 22), where it is joined by
Shipping Forecast, the society’s open exhibition of work by artists at all stages of their careers (September 11 – 22).