Helga Reay-Young discusses the biennial Women’s International Glass Workshop which has so far brought together glass artists from Iceland, Wales, Austria, Japan, Ireland, USA, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, France and Germany to exchange ideas, travel and exhibit. These experiences have greatly enriched their own practise, inspiring new directions in their approach to glass.
Helga Reay-Young trained as an architect in Germany during the 60s and with glass with Patrick Reyntiens at the Central School of Art London during the 80s. She initiated show of ’36 Women from 12 Countries’ in 1988 as a way of making space for glass and emotion.
Following the success of this first travelling exhibition, a core team of friends and colleagues decided to form biennial workshops, consisting of self-financed gatherings in the home countries of the group’s members. Gatherings include a show of work influenced by the last workshop, an exchange with local glass artists and visits to emotionally important places of culture and natural heritage, chosen by the host . This pattern of showing and learning has proved a wonderfully successful and exciting experience for all the artists involved.
This event is part of the Celebration of Glass, funded by the National Lottery via Creative Scotland. Find out more at www.celebrationofglass.co.uk