This post is the first in our series of Maker Spotlights. Each day we will be focusing on individual exhibitors, exploring their work and finding out what makes them tick.
Mary Quarmby - Glass
To begin we have Mary Quarmby, a contemporary glass artist who uses fusing and slumping alongside traditional methods of glass work.
Mary has been welcoming Peacock Arts Trail visitors through her studio door since we began in 2013. Using the trail as an opportunity to demonstrate the many processes involved in her work, she enjoys showing visitors examples of private commissions and generally spending time with other people who are as enthusiastic about glass as she is!
Working from her studio in her home, Mary spends her days working on commissions, “playing with colours and making samples before going ahead with the full design.” Her inspiration comes from nature, architecture, patterns and other artists, notably Gaudi and the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. She tells us, “the transformation of glass is amazing, the colours that are created, the patterns that are made from light shining through and dancing on the wall.”
When Mary’s working, she gets completely lost in her practice – “meditation with movement” she calls it. And when she’s not working, Mary enjoys knitting, sewing, walking the dogs and daydreaming!
You can see Mary’s work and find her contact details on our website here – https://www.peacockartstrail.co.uk/exhibitors-2021/mary-quarmby-contemporary-glass
Mary is also featured in the August edition of Wiltshire Life – pick up a copy to read more about her work.