About Ruth Dresman
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"Each finished piece represents the coming together of three creative workshops, linking craftsmen’s hard won skills, a lifetime of experience, observation and love of life. The images that I use across my body of work are drawn from nature, and they float in jewel coloured glass forms. "
My first home was on a house boat moored at West Byfleet. I graduated in 1984 with a BA Hons degree in Three Dimensional Design, specialising in glass and forged iron, at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. I then spent two years working at The Glasshouse, London where I enjoyed continuing professional support from Anette Meech and Christopher Williams.
The first stage of the creative process starts in my workshop with extensive drawings on paper exploring observations from nature. I then arrange the images freehand onto the glass form where it is then scrutinised as a three-dimensional object that must work visually from every angle. The creation of each individual glass object – whether a bowl, vase or smaller work such as a perfume bottle - involves me in exacting colour choices followed by the overseeing task of directing the glassblowing in the Wiltshire studio of Devereux and Huskie Glassworks. Each piece is then cut and polished to a perfect finish in the hands of Steve Frey. A spirit of cooperation and creative communication link these skillful processes.
A protective film is then applied and hand cut, choosing which areas to expose to the erosive sand. The prepared glass is put into a cabinet and high pressure sand then attacks the glass in areas unprotected by this film. Perfecting this technique has taken years of practice and I always continue to learn from each individual artwork. The blasting is dirty and slow but it is always exciting when the desired result creeps into being .
Each finished piece represents the coming together of three creative workshops, linking craftsmen’s hard won skills, a lifetime of experience, observation and love of life. The images that I use across my body of work are drawn from nature, and they float in jewel coloured glass forms. My aim is to invite the viewer to search within the tree canopy for birds or fruit; or to study a shoal of fishes marooned in a rock pool awaiting their release at high tide.
I have been regularly commissioned by Buckingham Palace to make presents as gifts for visiting dignitaries. In spite of a limited output due to the time consuming nature of this work, I continue to exhibit nationally and internationally. I have had spells as Artist in Residence at two schools (including one at a school in Gillingham, Dorset) and I have given talks to the Guild of Glass Engravers, Salisbury Contemporary Craft Fair and the WI. I regularly show work through Dorset Art Weeks and held a solo exhibition at Walford Mill Crafts in 2017.
I work almost undisturbed in a shed in the garden with Radio 4 and a ginger cat for company.