Deborah Timperley

Deborah Timperley Statement
Deborah creates three distinctive bodies of work each of which she has been developing over several years. 
First the ‘Constructed wall’ series which explore the beauty of cairns, harbour walls, dry stone walling and rocky outcrops. The compositions are evocative of the landscape and suggest rocks and stones placed harmoniously together, contrasting defined edges with the softness of adjacent vegetation. The blocks of colour echo the surrounding landscape and sky. They have a sense of place and atmosphere.
Deborah has also explored a theme she has titled ‘Dialogue at the threshold’. Here she draws the viewer into dense cast glass boxes, usually by the allure of 23.5ct gold. She focuses on the area of a form where the opening links the inside and the outside, or the boundary between the two. The interplay between the two articulates a dialogue at the threshold.


Deborah also creates elegantly textured cast glass bowls. 23.5ct gold is fired into the glass and sets off the jewel like colours. The surface of the bowls is created by using richly textured fabrics. The juxtaposition of the surface marks such as the weave or frayed edges or structural folds of deeply ribbed fabric create the composition. The edges are highly polished which highlights the colour and contrasts with the opacity of the textured glass. The deceptive simplicity of the design results in a beautiful centrepiece.
Deborah Timperley Biography
Deborah’s journey to glass, like many other artists, has followed a circuitous route. Her first career was in tourism and catering – working in hotels; managing the catering department at the Guardian Newspaper; running a wine bar. But bubbling under the surface was a desire ‘to make things’ and an evening class in stained glass was the trigger for a major life change resulting in a degree in glass and ceramics at Middlesex University.
That was 20 years ago. Now Deborah has become renowned for creating beautiful glass sculptures and bowls. She has shown in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Lithuania as well as prestigious exhibitions in the UK such as the British Glass Biennale.
Deborah has a workshop on the Borde Hill House and Gardens Estate just north of Haywards Heath in West Sussex. It’s a rural location in a converted stable, a place very conducive to thinking and working creatively.

Deborah Timperley

Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts. Lausanne, Switzerland

Represented by
Galerie B, Baden Baden, Germany

Warm Glass Prize 2015 Winner of the Open Glass Category

Selected Exhibitions and Shows
Aug/Sept British Glass Biennale 2017
Oct Discerning Eye exhibition, Mall Galleries, London
Nov Lustre, Nottingham
Nov Handmade, Chelsea, London
Oct ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

May – July Horsham Museum & art Gallery
June - Sep Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
Sept Salisbury Craft Festival
Sept Cornwall Design Fair
Nov Lustre Craft Show, Nottingham

May/June British Glass Biennale 2015
July Art in Action, Oxfordshire
Jul/Sep Summer Show – Focus on Glass, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff
Aug Cornwall Design Fair
Sept – Nov Glashaus X, Parndon Mill, Essex
Nov Lustre, Nottingham

Apr – Sep Coburg Glass Prize 2014, European Museum of Modern Glass, Germany
May- Jun Vitrum Balticum VI, Kaunas, Lithuania
June The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey
June Design & Craft Fair – MADE, West Dean, West Sussex
July Art in Action, Oxfordshire
Aug Cornwall Design Fair
Oct Made by Hand Cardiff
Nov Handmade in Britain – Chelsea, London
Nov MADE Brighton
Dec International Glass Art Biennial, Haacht, Belgium

Nov ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries,
Jul Art in Action, Oxfordshire
June The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon
Jan – May New Glass – Ancient Skill, Contemporary Art form,
Blackwell, The arts and Crafts House, Cumbria

2012 British Glass Biennale 2012
2012 Glass Games – International exhibition selected by CGS
2011 Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctioneers, Sussex
2010 Worthing Museum and Art Gallery
2008 Designer Crafts – Society of Designer Craftsmen. Mall Galleries, London
(also 2005, 2003, 2002)
2006 British Glass Biennale 2006
Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, London (also 2005 & 2004)
2005 Affordable Art Fair, London – Foss Fine Arts.
2004 British Glass Biennale 2004
Oxford Studio Ceramics. Craft Potters Association
2003 Cowdy Gallery, Gloucestershire. Seeking Light
2002 Chelsea Crafts Fair, London
Cowdy Gallery, Gloucestershire. Winter Collection
2000 The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London (also 1999)
Affordable Art Fair, London – The Discerning Eye