Women's International Glass Workshop: 18 Women from 10 Countries
Eighteen glass artists from around the world sent their work to Jean Mauret, an artist and gallery/museum owner known for producing and promoting contemporary stained glass.
Three window designs by Holly Sanford for Église Saint-Blaise based on her panels from "Private Collections", Iceland.
University of Iceland
"Private Collections" 2011
Women's International Glass Workshop
Works created for the exhibition "Private Collections", University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland. All pieces A4 size or less.
May 2011 to May 2012.
This exhibition, "Private Collections", was a group show of professional international glass artists who have been associates for 28 years. It was organized by Sigridur(Systa) Asgeirdottir, the Icelandic member of the group and completes a circle started back in 1988 when many of us were invited to a group show in Bremen, Germany called "36 Women from 12 Countries". Since then, a core of between 9 and 19 have met every two years in each other's countries to exhibit our glass, share our knowledge and explore a new country, guided by our host of that meeting. Over the years we have become friends as well as colleagues.
Initially, after Bremen, it was Iceland, then Wales in 1991, Austria 1993, Japan 1995, Ireland 1997, USA 1999/2000, New Zealand 2002, Canada 2004, Australia 2006, France/Germany 2008, and now again, Iceland 2010/2011 (delayed by volcanic ash in 2010). The show in Reykjavik will run for a year, from May 2011 to May 2012.
This exhibition varied from the norm. Instead of each artist contributing one work brought carefully in a suitcase or sent expensively by freight, this time Systa asked us all to make 20 small personal pieces. Every window contained one of each person's work, making up a collection of all the artists in each window. There were 20 windows. At the end of the show, each artist received back 19 pieces, one piece of each artist's work, to create a private collection for each of us.
A mixture of panels, one from each of 20 artists, produces a "collection" in each window of the exhibition hall.
One complete collection
Another complete collection
France, England, Wales 2008
Chartres, France 2008, Centre International du Vitrail
Liverpool, England, Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral