Ruth Shelley Indian Intarsia - 27 x 15 x 12 cms
By Bruntnell-Astley Ltd.
Taking her cue from her love of traveling, Ruth Shelley’s inspiration derives from her observation of colour, balance and tone of nature. Her gravity dropped vessels create an interplay of light, form and colour that is evocative of the natural world which surrounds us. The vessels take on their own personae and become artworks in their own right as glass sculptures. Ruth always observes how the colours and layers combine as a whole, and how light illuminates them.
“My aim is to redirect attention back to the colours of nature in scenery and landscape”.
Ruth finds organic natural colours deeply satisfying, she exploits the many properties of glass through refraction and reflection; sharpness or softness, transparency or opacity. Matching colours from a manmade palette to nature needs extensive experimentation, layering transparent and opaque colours to get them as close to true nature as possible.
The vessels are kiln-formed glass made by the ‘drop out’ method. Ruth cuts strips of glass and arranges them in complex layers and patterns which are fused together into a fused sheet. It is then suspended in a kiln on an open mould, heat is applied and gravity fluidly stretches the suspended glass to the floor of the kiln, which is then ground, polished and sandblasted into the finished vessel. Due to the nature of the applications, Ruth’s vessels are one-offs. It is not possible to make two pieces identical.
‘Times of creativity develop after you have done extensive preparations and experiments first’.