Charlott Rodgers Glass

cobalt flash

Biography

Charlott Rodgers is a glass and ceramic artist based in Glasgow. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany and moved to Glasgow in 1998 to study classical singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RSC) and went on to complete her BA Musical Studies at the RSC. She subsequently trained as an Iyengar Yoga teacher and has been teaching since 2004. She completed a HNC in Applied Arts in 2010 at the City of Glasgow College followed by a HND in Silversmithing 2010-2012, a HND in Glass 2013-2015 and a HND in Applied Arts in 2019; all awarded by the City of Glasgow College. In 2021 she completed her MFA IN Glass at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. She is currently a full-time member of the Glasgow Ceramic Studios based at the WASP Studios in Glasgow and is hoping to continue her academic studies into Foam Glass with a PhD at Edinburgh College of Art starting in September 2022.

Artist's Statement

During my MFA studies I have developed and challenged my understanding of glass making and personal aesthetics. I have developed a range of processes that combine foam glass with different glass techniques such as hot glass casting, glass blowing and Pate de Verre, as well as combining it with slip cast and hand build ceramic bodies. Foam glass is a porous material, which is made when a foaming agent such as calcium carbonate is added in small quantities to a powdered glass and slowly fired to create a foaming action, aerating the glass.

My approach to glass has two distinct qualities; it is quite scientific, as making foam glass requires detailed and precise knowledge and repeatable material outcomes. The other side is dissident and transgressive, challenging traditional perceptions of beauty and glass as a shiny, transparent material.

The subversive streak within me emerges when making, especially when I am faced with a situation where things shouldn’t work. But why not combine materials that seem to be at odds, to find out what will happen when they do get combined?

Having a background in Applied Arts has provided for this open-minded approach to making and materials. My studio practice is rooted in Craft and analogue hand skills, affording me a strong foundation from which to challenge and orientate my craft practice. I take inspiration from inner processes and use glass making as an expression for personal experiences.

An Uneasy Truce

This project was conceived with the strong desire to make my inner processes and thinking patterns visible through the artistic means of foam glass in combination with other glass and ceramic techniques.

It is based on the inner conflicts I experience both as an artist, as a mother and as a human being. They reflect struggles experienced and portrait the inner voice that wants me to believe that I am not ever good enough.

This body of work is divided into two parts.

The sculptural ellipsoid pieces which sit together as a group, made up of different material combinations and techniques placed opposite two foam glass wall mounted panels.

The sculptural pieces manifest each an aspect of this uneasy state of mind, the wall panels are a gateway beyond this struggle promising possible transcend out of this mental prison.

The intense Cobalt Blue colour was chosen as it represents calm and radiates something hypnotic. I wanted the viewer to be sucked into the installation and experience a slowing of time. It stands in stark contrast with the volatility of the foam glass and is used as a counter point to the material tensions in the work.

An Uneasy Truce is found in the spaces in between, a precarious balance has been struck both on a material level as in real life.

Charlott Rodgers

Personal

b.1975, Stuttgart,Germany
Lives and works in Glasgow

Education

Edinburgh College of Art, MFA Glass, September 2019 to December 2021
City of Glasgow College, HND Applied Arts, June 2019
City of Glasgow College, HND Art Glass/ Art Glass Production, June 2015
City of Glasgow College, HNC Art Glass Production, 2014
City of Glasgow College, HND Jewellery Design, 2012
Glasgow Metropolitan College, HNC Applied Arts, 2010
RSAMD, BA Music - Classical Singing, 1998-2001

Masterclasses

Wayne Strattmann, 4 day masterclass in Plasma Glass, International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge UK, August 2019
Amanda Simmons, Northlands Creative Glass, Invitation by Panel, 7 day masteclass, June 2015
Lindsay Taylor, West Dean College, Scholarship, 5 day class, February 2015
Kathy Murphy, West Dean College, Scholarship, 3 ½ day class, March 2011

Exhibitions

2019 Emerging Artists, Northlands Creative, Lybster UK, August
2019 Diploma Show, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow
2015 Parade Artists, Wasp Studios, Hanson Street, Glasgow, November-December
2015 Alternative Giving, The Barony Center, West Kilbride, November – December
2015 Handfest, Reutlingen, Germany, November 2015
2015 Inside Out, Edinburgh, Scottish Glass Society, August -September
2015 Diploma Show, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow
2015 Craftex Exhibition, Trades House,Glasgow
2015 ‘Wish You Were Here’ Exhibition, International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge
2014 Craftex Exhibition,Trades House, Glasgow
2014 End of Year Show, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow
2012 Craftex Exhibition,Trades House, Glasgow
2012 End of Year Show, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow
2011 Craftex Exhibition, Trades House,Glasgow
2011 End of Year Show, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow
2010 End of Year Show, City of Glasgow College, Glasgow

Collections

City of Glasgow College
Works held in private collections in Scotland, Germany, France and Australia

Awards and Grants

2015 Starter For Six, Start up Funding, Cultural Enterprise, August 2015
2015 Hamilton Taylor Travel Award, Scottish Glass Society, June 2015
2015 Best Body of Student Work, Scottish Glass Society, June 2015
2015 Best piece in Show, City of Glasgow College, End of Year Exhibition, June 2015
2015 Merit Award, Trades House, Glasgow, June 2015
2015 West Dean College Grant, West Dean
2014 Merit Award, Trades House, Glasgow
2012 Best Student in Year group, City of Glasgow College
2011 West Dean College Grant, West Dean
2011 Best Student in Year Group, City of Glasgow College
2010 Price Winner, Dyers and Bonnet Makers Guild, Glasgow

Professional Bodies

Member of Scottish Glass Society
Member of Contemporary Glass Society

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