2020 began with a group glass show at the Espacio Gallery in Shoreditch. The theme was 'Recollections - memories in glass' and it was a great opportunity for me to show some individual pieces from the large window I made for the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last year. It was an amazing experience to be part of such a spectacular show and I will always treasure the designs that I made especially for this event, you can see one of the panels in my Artweeks gallery.
I am also at the Turrill Sculpture garden in Summertown during Artweeks.
I belong to the Contemporary Glass Society which holds exhibitions at galleries around the country and I am particularly pleased to have had work selected for their exhibition entitled 'Life Forms' at the Pyramid Gallery in York which opens on May 2. I always enjoy an exhibition with a theme which stimulates me to make some new work and for this show I have explored the world of blue green algae, properly known as cyanobacteria. They have the distinction of being the oldest known fossils, more than 3.5 billion years old. This has also become a virtual online exhibition due to the current situation.
Wendy first encountered kilnformed glass on an Art Foundation course in 2000 and was immediately captivated by the process. The next few years were spent studying for a part time Fine Art degree before deciding to concentrate on glass. A 3D glass course in London over three years gave her the necessary skills and experience to set up a studio at her home in Oxford.
She has taken part in Oxfordshire Artweeks open studios for thirteen years and has exhibited widely.
Wendy makes expressive glass pieces which have a painterly quality to them. Inclusions of precious metal leaf and wire enable her to ‘draw’ within the glass and create a palette of subtle colours when the glass is fired in the kiln. Natural forms have always been a strong vehicle for her techniques and her work is also informed by her love of pattern.
She exhibited at Art in Action for 3 years and in 2019 she was commissioned by a garden designer to make a large window for a show garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Wendy is also a member of the Oxfordshire CraftGuild, the Contemporary Glass Society, Just Glass and the Society of Designer Craftsmen and and regularly shows work in their exhibitions.
my website can be found at www.wendynewhofer.com
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