British contemporary Glass artist and craftsman
David Flower has been a leading light in UK glassmaking for 10 years. He has worked exclusively by commission to the worldwide glass collecting fraternity and has pieces in collections as far afield as Saudi Arabia, Denmark and the United States.
David’s extensive expertise as a craftsman enables him to take on commissions of varied scale and complexity. He has lead on £250,000 sculptures alongside completing chandeliers, dining tables and his own beautiful pieces.
As an experienced maker David is in demand to make the work of many other glass designers. He worked closely with the celebrated Peter Layton for many years, symbiotically designing and making for the great man. Now, as ever, David finds that making the work of other artists represents his greatest challenge and Fran Staniland, Katherine Wightman and Gary Webb continue to stretch the master’s abilities.
“There is nothing that is impossible in glass. The material must be listened to, respected and worked with but ultimately will be coaxed into becoming. You cannot force it, but then again you cannot let it force you, you are in a symbiotic relationship with it; if you don’t love it then it will not love you back.” David Flower
The first piece of work that I remember making that actually had something to say was a piece of ceramics when I was aged 13. I don’t remember the thinking behind the concept very well, teenage angst seems to be the most likely culprit, but I can describe the piece of work: I sculpted my hand and forearm in clay, in the palm of my hand was my ideal house – complete in every detail.
The hand rose up from a beach scene and hundreds of steps are carved into the wrist and forearm, however the steps do not actually make it to the outstretched palm. Down at the base of the forearm a train is disappearing into a tunnel in the forearm, coming from the ocean side and reappears on the beach side as an ocean liner scattering the beach goers.
The other kids in the class were making pots and bowls with pretty pictures glazed into them whilst I sculpted an idyllic scene turned to carnage. My teachers thought I was odd, I remember thinking that my classmates were odd – we could make anything we wanted and they all made a pot or a bowl!
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ICAS – VILAS FINE ART ARE PROUD TO SHOWCASE WORK BY DAVID FLOWER MODERN CONTEMPORARY GLASS ART COLLECTION