Teresa Chlapowski

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Having been a successful knitwear designer for a long time, it’s not surprising that the human figure, texture, colour and sculptural forms have become my obsession and so I have had to become a sculptor full time!

Over the last few years, I have discovered glass as a medium and have started to experiment with it, pushing it to it’s limits:- This amazing, alchemic medium allows light to play such a wonderful extra dimensional part, giving both transparency and depth to a sculpture, as though an opening into an alternative universe of just light and shadows. I use ceramic fabric like a textile, folding and crinkling it, making piece specific natural ‘moulds’ into which the glass panels are slumped , creating almost fluid like fabric forms. No sculpture is the same, nor is it repeatable.

I have also discovered casting with glass, both in the kiln using plaster/quartz moulds and sand casting in a hot glass studio. Both these add yet another aspect to using glass and are just as exciting if a lot more time consuming. Plaster/quartz moulds offer a lot more detail and can be open moulds or lost wax. Sand casting is literarily making an open mould out of sand (and Bentonite) and then either pouring the glass in, or casting with glass billets in the kiln. This method retains some of the sand when taken out of the mould and the shape is more indistinct, giving a rougher, more ancient look to the glass. The possibilities are endless!

My ideas come from the heart and emotions, from dance and movement, to photography, ancient art and archaeology, travelling and new cultures, spirituality and the soul. Usually the ideas come first and the media second. Often I use ceramics e.g. porcelain with glass, in one sculpture, giving it the solidity of reality and emphasising the ephemeral transparency of the unseen soul.

“The most beautiful bodies are like transparent glass. The most powerful flames like water washing the tired feet of travellers” Czeslaw Milosz

Education and Professional Work

1977 Diploma (HON) in Fashion Design, London College of Fashion.

I set up my own company in 1986, designing and importing knitwear from the Far East.

Having been a successful knitwear designer for such a long time, it’s not surprising that the human figure, texture, colour and sculptural forms have become my obsession and so I have had to become a sculptor full time!

Courses

2003 Glass Casting course with Max Jacquard
2002-2012 Fused and kiln cast Glass, Ceramic and Sculpture courses at the University of Hertfordshire
2005-9 Sand Cast Glass and Glass Blowing courses at University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey
2009 - 10 Studio work with Ewa Wawrzyniak
2011 Master Class with Colin Reid

Exhibtions:

Chelsea Art Society annual exhibition at the Old Chelsea Town Hall (awarded The Sculptors ‘Own’ Prize in 2009) in 2009-12
Society of Women Artists annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London in 2010-12
Royal Society of Miniature Painter, Sculptors and Gravers annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries, London in 2008 & 2011
Sue Ryder ‘Art Liberating Lives’ exhibition at the Mall Galleries in 2009
Studio Sienko Gallery, London SE1 themed exhibition ‘Horse’ in 2009
University of Hertfordshire Annual exhibition
Open Studios (Hertfordshire)
Glasshaus VI, Parndon Mill Gallery, Harlow CM20 2HP 2011
Riverside Gallery, Barnes SW13 9LP continuous exhibitions
APA exhibitions at POSK Gallery in Hammersmith

Inspired by Shadows, Light and Texture, The Human Body, Ancient Art and Archaeology, Photography, Spirituality and the Soul, Movement and Dance.

Member of Chelsea Art Society (CAS) and Association of Polish Artist in Great Britain (APA)


Examples

The Dancers   The Dancers detail   Horses

Between Two Worlds   Between Two Worlds detail   Duality   Ancient Faces detail

© Teresa Chlapowski