About Aline Johnson
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"My inspiration stems from rural retreats to the Dorset coastline to escape the urban jungle of central London.
The vibrant palette of beach paraphernalia and sunlight shining
through striped windbreaks translates with ease into fused and kiln formed glass."
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I was born in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands in 1962. I Studied Fashion Design at Kunstakademie in Arnhem 1980-1985 and worked in the fashion industry till 1993, mostly in Italy, India and UK. I then went on to do mould making and stained glass courses at City Lit, London from 1995 to 1998 and then to study on postgraduate courses at Central St Martins, London in Glass from 1998 to 2000. In 2001 I set up studios at Cockpit Arts in London and at Church Knowle in Dorset. I mostly work in kiln formed and fused glass I have transferred my glass skills to glass lighting and work to commission on chandeliers and wall lights in collaboration with architects, interior and lighting designers.
My inspiration stems from rural retreats to the Dorset coastline to escape the urban jungle of central London. The vibrant palette of beach paraphernalia and sunlight shining through striped windbreaks translates with ease into fused and kiln formed glass. The natural beauty of found objects like leaves, feathers and ammonites are used to create texture in the glass and are often sandblasted to replicate the silky finish found on sea glass. The sparkling translucency, fluidity and ever changing colour palette of the sea provide me with an infinite source of inspiration. When not beach combing I can be found walking my dogs in the woods of the Purbecks and in London parks. The light shimmering through leaves and the movement and texture of foliage provide inspiration for the leaf cascades and leaf canopies.
I have recently developed chandeliers for atriums and a new range of LED illuminated wall lights that will be launched at SIHF in Seoul-South Korea in May 2017. My ambitions are to work on large scale projects for the hospitality industry, and to keep working on private lighting commissions in the UK. I have taught kiln formed and fused glass on short courses at West Dean College since 2015. My graduation piece in etched and layered glass Ode to Kandinsky at Central St Martin was purchased for their collection in 2000.