James Lethbridge RCA price range £280-£20,000
Glass Art by James Lethbridge RCA price range £280-£20,000
My initial career choice was in production ceramics from 1998, producing hand thrown functional wares by the hundreds, and engaging, in depth in the ceramic process. However in 2003, I was lured by the transparency and liquid nature of molten glass to do a course in general glass techniques and technologies, at the now closed, International Glass Center, in Brierley Hill, West Midlands. In terms of my career, this was a revolution to my creative practice and set me on a journey of self discovery, brought about by a new found confidence with design and the excitement with the medium
This newfound confidence pushed me to apply to the Royal College of Art in London, 2005. Once accepted, my feelings towards the material and my understanding of my newfound concepts proceeded to strengthen. In 2007 I graduated from the RCA, with a massive, experimental body of work.
Since graduation I have picked up awards and short listings, including the Cockpit Art Award. To date, I work primarily for private clients and I am fast building an international reputation for unique glass design and innovative techniques within my specialist field of glass working.
Whilst in the execution of my creative practice, I may utilize many different materials, techniques and technologies, but for the majority, I only utilize two techniques. Here is a very basic description of both.
- Flame working – a method by which you melt and form almost molten glass, using only a table mounted glass-working torch. This torch is a specialist torch and utilizes both oxygen and propane, to reach temperatures of 1200°C to 1300°C, to be able to manipulate the glass.
- Glassblowing – lot of my work, – despite being intricately flame worked, – utilizes glass blown components. Glass blowing is a process by which molten glass is kept molten inside a brick furnace, which is kept constantly at an optimum working temperature of 1050°C. Once glass is at optimum working temperature, the glassblower ‘gathers’ molten glass from the furnace using a ‘blowing’ iron. This is a hollow piece of metal tubing, and using this, the glassblower will blow ‘air’ into the molten glass. Once air is inside the molten glass, the process begins for the glassblower to manipulate the initial bubble, to any form or vessel.