cambridge contemporary art

Shakspeare Glass

Shakspeare Glass was set up in 1988 and moved to premises in Taunton in 1991, relocating to Langport in 2013

Wills work is in many private collections in the UK and beyond. He exhibits regularly and is represented by galleries in the British Isles. He undertakes public and private commissions.

Will says of his work:

“I make a wide range of different designs which are constantly evolving. I deliberately design glass with a random factor, an aspect that is beyond my control. I try and use colour so that it affects the final shape of the piece in a natural and fluid way. In doing this I have to work with the glass rather than completely imposing my own constrictions.

I rarely measure a piece or write down exactly how I have made it. Sometimes this can lead to difficulties but it does mean that each design is less absolute and can evolve within its own parameters. Glass, as I know it, is a fluid material and I try and reflect that in my work.

I have many influences. Rock pools and water are constant factors in the Tableaux pieces. The glorious rich blues and greens of the Pembrokeshire shoreline and the silky pinks and golds of the Mediterranean Islands inspire the Nougat range, a tiny spider’s nest – a collection of perfume bottles named Sputnik, and the textiles of South America – the Agate and Opal ranges.

Through each piece my inspiration from the world around me is evident, my surroundings and experiences are inextricably linked to my work. However the making, the history, the ideas are only a part. Just as important is what each piece says to you as you hold and look at it. Above all I want my work to speak for itself.”

 

Will Shakspeare at work in his studio

 

Seagrass Bowl

glass

Nougat Bowl

glass

 

Confetti Baubles

glass

Flotsam Bowl Pale Aqua

glass

 

Shimmer Bowl Red

glass