ROBERTA MASON ART GLASS
Artist. Designer. Maker.
Welcome to my latest work.
I am a believer in the “the fundamental interconnectedness of all things” as coined by Douglas Adams. It’s a humorous truth and in a world where global urbanisation has moved many of us away from our deep connections with nature, it’s something that is good to remember. I present my ideas/work, with a sense of fun, that I hope will spark something; curiosity, wonder, engagement, maybe even awareness in the viewer, a notion, that we are not separate from nature but an integral part of it and that our actions have an impact.
We all have our own idea of places we feel happy and connected. For me, it’s the sea. As a keen diver, I have always found coral reefs to be places that fill me with wide-eyed wonder. These magnificent, undersea gardens are populated by animals rather than plants – an extraordinary otherworld. Porifera (marine sponges) are weirdly beautiful animals that form a rarely discussed, essential part of the marine ecosystem. Recent research has suggested that, Poriferans may have been the first animals on earth. They are found from the shallows to the abyss, gracing us with their beautiful forms and colours while playing a vital role in keeping the reef ecosystems alive. They are a key link, overlooked for years as scientists focused on coral and fish and provide a wonderful example of fundamental interconnection.
It’s all about the sea.
My work is inspired by the formation of waves, the language of bubbles and the amazing world of strange and wonderful marine creatures. I want to share this passion through my work and hope that, in the words of Rachel Carson, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.”
The creation of my work involves using traditional glass techniques, in non-traditional ways, to make unique, sculptural work and installations. The transparency and movement of hot glass captures a snapshot of life in a way few materials can.
My journey into art has come via science and technology and I have recently graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in London.
I am currently a finalist in the Visual Art Open UK & International Emerging Artist Awards 2019, have work in private collections and have exhibited my work internationally.
A new perspective.
These works were inspired by watching waves break from below the surface. Tubes of bubbles making a frame for the wave. A world of its own.
THE MOST CHARMING CREATURES
Seeing the unseen.
Inspired by the beautiful forms and significance of marine phytoplankton.
"Let yourself be silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.
"The edge of the sea is a strange and beautiful place."
Eddies, whirlpools, maelstroms...this work is inspired by the mesmorising movement of water and light.
What's going on and where to find my work.
Art Rooms Awards
Excited to be among the finalists in the Art Rooms awards for 2019
Exhibition is at the Melia White House Hotel 22-24 Nov 2019. See events above for full details.
So excitied!! Nice little piece about my work with photos from my new Porifera collection. This collection is really close to my heart or it's been wonderful to see such a great response.
Checkout the Autumn edition of @createsmagazine. #happydays
Get a look at what I'm up to via my Instagram feed.
Aylesford United Kingdom ME20
+44 777 896 9695
Shared musings on the inspiration, research and processes used in my work.