Greg Swinburne is a richly experienced Glass Artist from Whanganui. Initially, Greg began working in the glazing industry & from there further developed his skills & knowledge of the medium at a tertiary level. Greg Swinburne loves that glass work is exciting & that there is always something to learn about the adaptive medium.
The main design elements that run through Greg's work are line and form. Colour and texture are secondary and subservient. His exploration of the relationship between the forms he creates and the lines made by cutting into them is ongoing.
The first pieces that started Greg on this track were the Offering sculptures. He was inspired by the u-shaped, vertically sweeping lines of ikebana flower arranging and then had to figure out how to translate that to glass. It took a lot of practise to make the forms that created similar line effects that he was inspired by.
Many years later, Greg wanted to explore this more which is when he created the Harmony sculptures.
While making open forms to use as a 'canvas' to carve, to create patterns and textures on, he cut and ground a form and decided that the line and form aspect was so strong and pleasing that any addition of patterning or texture would distract from its main strength. This was the origin of the cut bowls.
Greg Swinburne's sculptural glassworks are a moment captured in time that has been rendered to hold a presence within an environment.