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Cate Watkinson: Contributions to the field of architectural glass.

Watkinson, Cate (2015) Cate Watkinson: Contributions to the field of architectural glass. In: Glass Reflections: Glass in the Year of Light, 7-9th Sep 2015, Cambridge University, Murray Edwards College. (Unpublished)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)


This lecture by glass artist/designer Dr Cate Watkinson, presents a portfolio of selected commissioned works developed from 1990 to the present day. Cate's glass designs have made a unique contribution to the field of architectural glass.
This has been evidenced through the integration of art glass and public spaces, a challenging arena given negative preconceptions of glass as a material for public art. Through example, Cate will demonstrate how research and advances in glass technology have influenced her work and how this has contributed to the increasing potential of the use of glass in the built environment, this will map a development from an early evolution of 2D work in stained glass, towards more contemporary 3D approaches located within the realm of public art.
From a memorial stained glass window for Newcastle Cathedral to solar powered public seating, this lecture demonstrates the use of new techniques, which have been applied in innovative and creative ways.
These new practices include the exploration of innovative qualities of material, the integration of text, imagery and light, juxtaposed with the placement of works within an environment where glass is still perceived by the public as presenting some risk.
This presentation will also offer an overview of innovations in public art glass in the UK presenting case studies of the use of new technologies. It will describe the making of large scale public art sculpture, through some of Cate's previous commissions. It will describe the positives and negatives of working with new technologies and demonstrate the successes of well-designed projects, achieved through the application of innovation and determination.

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