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Artist's StatementTom Gaskell makes contemporary bowls, dishes, vases, ornaments, and artworks out of fused glass sheet, granules and powders. His work varies from abstract patterns and shapes through to realistic representations of the natural world – especially birds – and incorporates a wide range of vibrant and subtle glass colours and textures.
Tom has been privileged to learn from some exceptionally talented glass artists who have taught, inspired and helped him, especially Amanda Simmons and Jess Clifford. On a broader artistic basis he has also taken inspiration from the late Bob Ross, through his calm, positive and empowering ‘Joy of Painting’ TV series.
Tom says “I am always keen to experiment and try new things; the engineer in me enjoys the technical challenges of working with new techniques and processes and the artist in me is always exploring new ways of using glass to create different forms and shapes.
“I love the interplay of light with translucent, opalescent, iridised and dichroic glass especially when I can melt different glasses and powders together to create new colours and forms. I take inspiration from the world around me - and from the colours, swirls and shapes within the glass itself - to produce fused glass artworks, tableware, vessels, hangings, and jewellery.”
Art StyleAbstract, Impressionistic, Contemporary
Art SubjectsAbstract, Landscape, Seascape, Animals, Nature