In collaboration with Thomas Heatherwick Studio Max Lamb (Flux Glass) worked on the Public Art Commission for Welcome Trust using 142,000 glass spheres suspended on 27,000 high tensile steel wires; 15 tonnes of glass and just under a million metres of wire. Each sphere creating “shifting colour and brightness coming from a layer of dichroic film set between the two hemispherical lenses that make up each sphere” heatherwick.com
The Wellcome Trust, a biomedical research charity, commissioned the studio to design a sculpture for the atrium of its new headquarters. The site for the sculpture was within an eight-storey high atrium space above a pool of water. Although a huge space, the sculpture was commissioned after the building was complete, meaning it had to fit through a standard sized front door.
This original piece was digitised and exactly replicated using 142,000 glass spheres suspended on 27,000 high tensile steel wires; 15 tonnes of glass and just under a million metres of wire. The spheres, made in Poland in a spectacle lens factory, were the result of a collaboration with Flux Glass, their shifting colour and brightness coming from a layer of dichroic film set between the two hemispherical lenses that make up each sphere.
The vertiginous quality of this space, coupled with the presence of water, suggested the idea of exploring ways of capturing the dynamic shapes of falling liquids. Following extensive experimentation, pouring molten metal into water was found to create extraordinary and complex forms in a fraction of a second. No two experiments produced the same result. Over four hundred of these were produced before a five centimetre piece was created and selected as it was felt it would work well with the building and is the basis of the final thirty metre project. Bleigiessen can be viewed on the last Friday of every month at 2pm.
Film by Award Winning Garrett & Garrett– SALTglassstudios©2014
Art/Crop/Plant/Memory Project: Shared Substances-Imagery-Memories
SALT are running a series of exhibitions entitled Bounty of the Burnhams Through Glass exploring the Burnham landscape’s diverse crops and food economies, from saffron, grains, fruits, sugar beet, shell fish to samphire and this rich cultural currency which establishes a network of recurring imagery, shared substances and memories within the region. The next Bounty of the Burnhams Through Glass is planned for Summer 2014. Local Farmers, producers and practitioners interested participating this year please contact SALT.
Bounty of the Burnhams (I) – 1 Dec. 2013 – 4 Jan. 2014
Working closely with Burnham farmers and producers this first exhibition explores through a series of glass-print work the revival of Norfolk Saffron by Dr Sally Francis in Burnham Norton, Nina Plumbe’s unique heritage orchards Plumbe & Maufe Farm in Burnham Overy Town and Jon Brown’s harvested mussels from Burnham Deepdale & Norton Creek.
The exhibition Private View (30/11/13) included:
Opened by Isabel Vasseur – ArtOffice
Gin Garden – Unique drink and cocktail bar inspired by Burnham crops and plants Garrett & Garrett – Award Winning film company – collecting guests memories Unthank Supper Club – Culinary creations inspired by Burnham crops & shellfish Menu SALT – Glass demonstrations and invited guest creating glass art works
‘Bounty of the Burnhams Through Glass’
SALT’s Gallery December exhibition ‘Bounty of the Burnhams Through Glass’ is in association with local farmers and producers including Norfolk Saffron, Plumbe & Maufe Fruit Farm, Unthank Supper Club.
The exhibition explores a series glass and print works celebrating the Burnham landscape’s diverse crops and food economies, from saffron, grain, fruit, shell fish to samphire, and this unique and rich cultural currency which establishes a network of recurring imagery of shared substances, memories and histories within the region.
Bounty of the Burnhams Through Glass will also showcase Open Studio and Free Demonstrations giving the public an unique opportunity to view directly the glass-print work being created throughout December 2013.
SALT’s work ‘Ebb’ highly commended by the judge Dan Klein Associates, a world-authority on contemporary glass at the Warm Glass Art Price 2013.
Glass and Print Making Course – Open Studio
1 December 2012 – 6 January 2013 – 10am – 5pm
SALT’s Winter program starts with Festive Glass Making – Open Studio which includes Glass Blowing, Sand Casting, Festive Bauble and Paperweight Courses & Free Demonstrations from the 1 December 2012 – 6 January 2013 – 10am – 5pm.
Students creating Hot Glass Sand Casts and Festive Baubles with tudors Fiona Wilkes and Max Lamb.
Educational Visits and Demonstrations (Burnham Market Primary School)
Sand Casting Course
Sand Casting Course with Norfolk Deaf Children’s Society
SALT had another great weekend of hot glass sand casting with local residence, visitors and organisations including Norfolk Deaf Children’s Society http://www.norfolkdcs.co.uk. SALT received good comments from students attending the sand casting courses:
‘Well organised, good instruction, very friendly, really enjoyed the experience’
‘I learnt new skills today… I love this place I am coming back for some more’
‘I loved having a go at casting’
‘I loved it and hopefully we will come again, I definitely want to’
Glass Blowing Introduction Course (3 Hours)
‘Great Course. Everyone should try it!’ (WI)
Festive Bauble Glass Blowing
SALT’s popular Festive Bauble Course is enjoyed by all students attending with great comments:
I really enjoyed my time here, it was really fun to make the bauble and sand casts, would love to come back soon!
Paperweight Making Course
Students creating a unique paperweight by choosing colours and manipulating the glass using tools under the tutors and glass artists Louis Thompson and Max Lamb.