These goblets are all individual. There is no measuring, no desire of producing duplicates, merely a memorial to the joy of making, celebrating the maker’s marks, the traditions of craft and design and a response to the material. They are pre-planned designs in the mind’s eye capturing a moment of making and a celebration of craft skills.
James Maskrey has a career in hot glass spanning over 25 years. He works for the University of Sunderland as a Senior Glass Technician supporting the delivery of the educational programmes and with National Glass Centre as a facilitator for artist projects. His artistic practice is based around making objects with narrative. He has a particular interest in historical voyages of endeavour, encompassing the ‘heroic age’ of polar exploration. His pieces are held in many public collections including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Crafts Council, National Museum of Scotland and National Glass Centre.
Although part of his skills set, James never makes production ware commercially, so this is a rare opportunity to see this work. He says, ‘These pieces are really objects of making, a celebration of craft and material. Some of these, particularly goblet making serve as exercises I undertake to keep my eye in and prepare me for a making session.’