Oriel Hicks takes inspiration from her Scillonian surroundings, whether it is the azure seas, the local flora and fauna or simply the clarity of the light. The glass manufacturers who make her raw materials restrict her palette, but her own imagination makes up for this in no small way. Her work develops in a creative curve, where one idea evolves and transforms into the next. Glass, and all its diverse possibilities fuel her enthusiasm.
She trained for five years at Reigate School of Art in Surrey, specializing in traditional stained glass techniques, mosaic design and glass fibre relief panels. Her windows can be seen in many of the local churches in Scilly and she also designed and made two windows for the Little Harbour Childrens Hospice near St. Austell.
She has simplicity of design which belies the work involved, using vivid coloured glass, whilst still letting full natural light fill the building. She had occupied her studio, Phoenix Stained Glass on St. Marys since 1991.
Shortly after the millennium, she invested in a fusing kiln. This melts coloured sheet glass to make bowls, panels, sculptures and many smaller items. As this technology was not available in her student years, much of her work in this era is self-taught. She is constantly experimenting and pushing the boundaries of the material and this has enabled her art to retain great individuality.
TO SUBMIT WORK TO THE SUMMERHOUSE GALLERY
Here at The Summerhouse we love to support both established and new, up and coming artists with an affinity to Cornwall. We do recieve a very large volume of submissions, and although we take care to view every artists work, it is very difficult to discuss work with every single artist who gets in touch.
Please send us a selection of work which you feel best represents you, along with an artists statement and a list of other galleries which represent your work if applicable. You can email this to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to our address, with contact details (email or telephone) which we can reach you via should your application be successful.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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