Wiltshire residency for graduate glassmaker

ONE of the country’s leading glassmaking workshops, Devereux & Huskie Glassworks, based near the canal on the outskirts of Trowbridge, are providing a four-day residency for Calum Dawes, winner of the Contemporary Glass Society’s 2021 Amanda Moriarty Prize.

The prize is in memory of Amanda Moriarty, a long serving CGS board member and honorary treasurer who sadly passed away in 2017. It celebrates her passion and encouragement of glass making. The prize enables a glass artist to fulfill a creative ambition or add to their technical skill set – a dream that would not otherwise be possible.

Calum graduated from the University of Sunderland in 2019 with a BA Glass & Ceramics. In the same year, he won the Glass Sellers Art & Craft Student Award and was placed third in the Contemporary Glass Society 2019 Glass Prize.

Calum’s application for the prize describes his work as “a continuing development of my love of illustration and glass as a sculptural material. The form and optical qualities of the glass interact with the illustrations in a way other materials don’t, while the imagery lends the piece narrative and context.”

As well as their own internationally-acclaimed work, James Devereux and Kate Huskie enable other designers and glass makers to make work at their studio.

Calum says:“I’m really grateful for this opportunity; it will allow me to explore the body of work I have been developing throughout lockdown. Hopefully, I can produce something really exciting with the support of CGS and Devereux & Huskie. I can’t think of a better way to start 2021!”

With the resulting new glass artwork, Calum intends to apply for the Cheongju International Craft Biennale, 2021 or – if that is not feasible due to scheduling or Covid restrictions  – the British Glass Biennale in 2022.