- Frances Federer
|Frances has recently finished her Master of Philosophy programme at the Royal College of Art in London, researching the relationship between glass, gold leaf and the image.
She plays with the transparent and reflective quality of glass by layering onto its surface using paint and gold leaf. This process is a continual source of inspiration and underpins her exploration of the medium to create different outcomes.
The blown glass vessel becomes a canvas for her imagery. Frances’s dreamlike mix of animal, human and plant forms challenge the viewer’s initial perceptions and suggest that things are not always what they seem.
Frances has worked with the traditional technique of gilding since the 1960s. This highly skilled practice of applying gold leaf to a surface has remained virtually unchanged for 600 years.
Teaching in schools and studios throughout the United Kingdom, United States and Asia.
'Heavenly Scent', London Glassblowing, London
ZeST Contemporary Glass Gallery, London
'Group Show', Balman Gallery, Northumberland
'Group Show', First Glas Galerie, Munich, Germany
'Group Show', Belfry Arts Centre, Norfolk
Royal College of Art final show, London
On-going, Frauenau, Germany. 50 Artists, 50 Vases
Steninge World Exhibition of Art Glass, Sweden
March Hare Craft Gallery, Ripon, Yorkshire
Oriel Gallery, Barmouth, Wales Cowdy Gallery, Newent, Gloucestershire
Coburg Glass Prize Exhibition, Coburg, Germany
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York State, USA
Victoria and Albert Museum, London