160 Nethergate
Dundee DD1 4DU

t: 0044(0)1382 220600 art@galleryq.co.uk
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Graham Muir

Graham MuirMy studio was set up in 1999 after 9 years of teaching hot glass at Sunderland University; my main objective was to solely concentrate on my own work as far as possible.

I wish to make beautiful glass. Not ‘chocolate-box’ beauty per-se but the beauty you find in a work whose qualities draw you in and once your there, keep you there.

Such work speaks quietly of the harmony between maker or makers and the medium. It is often the result of a path that involves many failed attempts but results in a piece all the stronger for that, where nothing needs neither added nor taken away.

I find glass to be a material that does not respond well to being dominated by the artist. For me the concept of the work is just the starting point for a conversation between the artists idea and the material. The artist flags up the idea, the medium responds and the discussion begins. However the material must not dominate proceedings either and hot glass, as most who work in it know, can be very persuasive in having its own way. This is where technical skill plays its part.

I have discovered in my efforts to instil these qualities into my work that my ideas have moved far from the traditional glassmaking I was taught at Art College. I have been required to develop new techniques and resurrect and adapt some old ones to move on from the inevitable constraints on form that glassblowing produces.

Waves in Action

The technical details of making this work are involved but I will explain as simply as possible.

The first step is blowing a large 4 gather (dipped in the molten glass 4 times) blank. Colour is applied in the form of condensed coloured glass, which is covered with clear lead crystal. The end result of blowing is a bubble shaped like a very large rugby ball.

This is cooled over night in a kiln and when cold is carved using a diamond saw. Either ends of the rugby ball shape are cut away and smoothed till fine then horizontal slices are cut away on the saw until almost through the wall of the glass leaving very thin contact points between the two sides of the cuts

Please contact the gallery for more information.

  • Waveform Bowl sold

    Graham Muir

    39cmL x 35cmH hotglass sculpture


    T: 01382 220600
  • Twilight Storm Wave sold

    Graham Muir


    T: 01382 220600
  • Wave Form Bowl 2

    Graham Muir


    T: 01382 220600
  • Perfume Bottles

    Graham Muir

    A selection of examples of bottles available in the gallery. 


    T: 01382 220600

All of Catriona Millars beautiful paintings are now available as signed Giclee prints. Click here to find out more.
All of Catriona Millar's beautiful paintings are now available as signed Giclee prints.

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