Glass Art by Wendy Newhofer
Originally trained as a primary school teacher Wendy found that working part time allowed her to pursue her interests in art. She spent many years print making and drawing before a relocation to Oxford in 2000 gave her the opportunity to return to college on a Foundation in Art and Design course. It was there that she first encountered kiln formed glass and was immediately captivated by the process. She subsequently spent three years studying glass in London before setting up her own purpose built studio at home.
Using sheets of float glass Wendy makes expressive glass pieces which have a painterly quality to them. Inclusions of metal leaf and wire enable her to ‘draw’ within the glass and create a palette of subtle colours when the glass is fired. There is a magical alchemy to this process which can be unpredictable but which gives each piece its absolutely individual character.
Wendy’s subject matter comes from observation of the world around her and has always been informed by the drawing skills that were a strong element of her art training. She is continually drawn to the emphasis on form created by the multiple image and much of her work is based around repetition.