Glass Art by Georgia Redpath
“Anyone who has met me, will testify to the fact I am a messy, slightly clumsy individual – often splattered with plaster or wax. Through my cast glass pieces, I have the chance to escape my natural state – and produce the clean, pared-back simplicity to which I personally aspire.
My inspiration comes from the pattern, repetition and geometry found in both the constructed and natural worlds. Cast glass is perfectly placed to capture this subject matter: as well as an external form, it has an internal world of reflections and refractions. This offers the possibility of intriguing optical effects, including almost fractal repetitions.”
After studying Law at Oxford, Georgia started her working life specialising in international corporate tax, and suggests that this analytical, research-based background serves her well as a cast glass artist.
Having grown up close to the cathedral in Lincoln, she developed an appreciation for glass at an early age – particularly its interaction with light and the surrounding space. But it was a summer course in stained glass which prompted her to return to full-time education, gaining a First Class degree in Contemporary Craft.
Following this, Georgia spent a year at the International Glass Centre in Brierley Hill – where she won the award for Student of the Year. The offer of studio space prompted a decision to relocate to the West Midlands permanently, and since 2007 she has shared a studio at the Ruskin Glass Centre with another glass artist, George Jackson.