It's a very deadly weapon to know what you are doing
Inviting the tension between the traditional craft of glassblowing and it's place in contemporary art, Katherine Gray, an extremely skilled glassblower, presents new sculpture constructed entirely of pre-existing glass objects in her first solo show with the acuna-hansen gallery.
Comprised of local raw materials, this recent body of work was inspired by Gray's preoccupation with forest glass, or waldglas in german, a Northern European glassware in Medieval times. This glass was characterised not only by the green and brown tints due to naturally occurring colourants in the local raw materials, but also by the fact that glasshouses were located in forests for easy access to wood for furnaces. Once these natural resources were depleted, the glass house would be moved to the next forested area.