Mils Bridgewater

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Our Art Scholar Mils Bridgewater writes:

I am delighted that one of my favourite pieces has been chosen to be part of the Royal Society of Marine Artist's exhibition at the Mall Galleries from the 20th to the 30th of September. This piece was inspired by the waters around Stockholm while on a residency at Konstfack University. This amazing opportunity was thanks to the Anglo-Swedish Society sponsoring an MA graduate from the Royal Collage of Art to travel to Sweden for three months.

I have been working with biodegradable balloons to make both pate de verre moulds and kiln glass moulds since seeing Maria Bartuszova's inspirational work at the Tate Modern in 2022. I used bullseye sheet glass for the body of the piece and bullseye clear frit packed into the mould before firing for the splash.

Glass is a challenging material that can be so unpredictable but when it comes together the feeling of achievement is enormous. This piece speaks of the flow and movement of water and is a unique sculpture that I am genuinely proud of.