Max Jacquard Interview for CultureFile Podcast 7th feb 2014

At the opening of the Just Glass Exhibiton: Art Of the Possible at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery. Max was interviewed by Dr Eleanor Flegg in John Soane’s bedroom. In the seven minute clip he talks passionately about the new piece Music of the Spheres created for the show.  Aspects of sacred geometry and alchemy are touched upon as well as Max’s own relationship with Glass and the sometimes fickle nature of the material he works with. It is a fascinating insight into the science, craft and design behind the art.

Mysterious Conjunction at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery

Mysterious Conjunction at Pitzhanger Manor Gallery

 

Inside Out and Outside In: Glass Casting course at The Glass Hub, March 27th-30th

This four day course aims to introduce students to the principles of glass casting and the use of found objects, textures and forms as building blocks for creativity in glass sculpture.
Max Jacquard uses simple exercises such as the “personal drinking vessel” to start students on a new thinking process using a variety of materials as creative tools.
This then builds into a language suited to diverse individual ways of working, whether for art or design based ends.
During the course we will cover silicone mould making, wax techniques including dipping and collage, how to create veiling and bubbles, glass preparation and colour effects, kiln programming and aspects of health and safety in the studio. The trials and tribulations of running a business in kiln forming as well as Max’s own work will also feature in a series of informal lectures and discussions.

DSCF0892.JPG

Mysterious Conjunction: detail of ‘Solutio’ vessel

DSCF0904.JPG

Mysterious Conjunction: detail of ‘Nigredo’ vessel

Cost £450 includes basic materials. Discount for returning students

phone  The Glass Hub on (01225 768888)
or visit http://www.theglasshub.co.uk/glass-courses-2014/masterclass-casting-glass-inside-out-jacquard.php

Music of the Spheres: Just Glass, The Art of the Possible, Pitzhanger Manor Gallery Jan 23rd-March 8th 2014

Music of the SpheresMusic of the Spheres has been especially made for this exhibition as a collaboration with Jeff Rogers and Mimi Norrgren. Inspired by Sir John Soane and referencing his
interest in classical architecture and proportion we have used a system of spheres that
increase in size according to the Fibonacci sequence. This internal chamber is
shrouded by a cone formed from an Isosceles triangle of Golden Proportions.
The addition of moving water to this spatial game adds a time dynamic that echoes the ebband flow of natural processes (natural geometry being the source of the ‘Golden Ratio’)

To the Ancient Greeks and Vitruvius, proportion and rhythm were one, and the idea of ‘symmetry’ was to bring together a harmonious correlation between the whole and its parts.As a traveller, collector and pioneer in classical studies, John Soane would have followed this concept and considered architecture to be‘frozen music’.

Work in Progress: Qipau Dress for International Fashion Education Centre, Shanghai, April/May 2013

In March the Glassforms Studio embarked on a major commission, a sculpture in slump moulded glass of a traditional Chinese Qipau dress. The piece has been commissioned by the Shanghai International Fashion Education Centre as a focal point for the Library of their brand new building, still under construction (see pic >www.shangtex.biz/en/InfoList/M27293215/P34366818.shtml).
Max’s design for the dress as a full length evening gown was made up in the Chinatown district of Shanghai and then shipped to the UK. The combined forces of Max, Mimi Norrgren and Jeff Rogers then set to work, converting the silk dress in to a full length silicone mould with fiberglass casing.
The design for the dress features a subtle blue fade from base to top with a spray of white jasmine flowers that starts on the left shoulder moving across the breast around the waist and ends up on the left hip above the white bordered slit.The panels have been created in Artista glass first fusing graded blue frits along the length then slumping over moulds in the kiln. The flower design is then fused on top before cutting , drilling and heat polishing the Patchwork style sections. The panels will have been in the kiln four times before they are considered ready for stitching back together.
Mimi and Jeff have been working on the project since the start and the workshop as a whole has developed massively in it’s ability to handle large scale mould-making based projects.
The following images show work in progress during March and April.
L1260402

Lisa the model on the bench.

Lisa the model on the bench.

L1260403

Qipau Dress in Black Silk, rear view

L1260454

Blue Fade frits for rear panels

L1260465

Dress covered in silicone skin mould.

L1260466

Silicone Mould, front.

L1260477

Mimi and Jeff admire fiberglass case mould.

L1260541

L1260545

Jeff working on investment slumping moulds

L1260559

L1260563

Moulded panels for rear torso and waist.