Deborah Timperley MSDC

Glass Making & Stained Glass

About Deborah
Deborah has over 20 years experience specialising in glass casting and has become renowned for creating beautiful glass sculptures and bowls. Deborah's glass reflects an absorption with the material to create pieces with a strong sense of place, concept or refined beauty.
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Deborah’s journey to glass, like many other artists, has followed a circuitous route. Her first career was in tourism and catering – working in hotels; managing the catering department at the Guardian Newspaper; running a wine bar. But bubbling under the surface was a desire ‘to make things’ and an evening class in stained glass was the trigger for a major life change resulting in a degree in Glass and Ceramics at Middlesex University.

That was 20 years ago. Now Deborah has become renowned for creating beautiful glass sculptures and bowls. She has shown in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Lithuania as well as prestigious exhibitions in the UK such as the British Glass Biennale.

Deborah has a workshop on the Borde Hill House and Gardens Estate just north of Haywards Heath in West Sussex. It's a rural location in a converted stable, a place very conducive to thinking and working creatively.

Deborah creates three distinctive bodies of work each of which she has been developing over several years.

First the ‘Constructed wall’ series which explore the beauty of cairns, harbour walls, dry stone walling and rocky outcrops. The compositions are evocative of the landscape and suggest rocks and stones placed harmoniously together, contrasting defined edges with the softness of adjacent vegetation. The blocks of colour echo the surrounding landscape and sky. They have a sense of place and atmosphere.

Deborah has also explored a theme she has titled ‘Dialogue at the threshold’. Here she draws the viewer into dense cast glass boxes, usually by the allure of 23.5ct gold. She focuses on the area of a form where the opening links the inside and the outside, or the boundary between the two. The interplay between the two articulates a dialogue at the threshold.

Deborah also creates elegantly textured cast glass bowls. 23.5ct gold is fired into the glass and sets off the jewel like colours. The surface of the bowls is created by using richly textured fabrics. The juxtaposition of the surface marks such as the weave or frayed edges or structural folds of deeply ribbed fabric create the composition. The edges are highly polished which highlights the colour and contrasts with the opacity of the textured glass. The deceptive simplicity of the design results in a beautiful centrepiece.

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Collections

Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts. Lausanne, Switzerland

Represented by

Galerie B, Baden Baden, Germany

Bruntnell Astley, UK

Prizes

Warm Glass Prize 2015 Winner of the Open Glass Category

Selected Exhibitions and Shows

2017

Aug/Sept British Glass Biennale 2017

Oct Discerning Eye exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

Nov Lustre, Nottingham

Nov Handmade, Chelsea, London

Oct ING Discerning Eye exhibition, Mall Galleries, London

2016

May – July Horsham Museum & art Gallery

June - Sep Worthing Museum and Art Gallery

Sept Salisbury Craft Festival

Sept Cornwall Design Fair

Nov Lustre Craft Show, Nottingham

2015

May/June British Glass Biennale 2015

July Art in Action, Oxfordshire

Jul/Sep Summer Show – Focus on Glass, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff

Aug Cornwall Design Fair

Sept – Nov Glashaus X, Parndon Mill, Essex

Nov Lustre, Nottingham

2014

Apr – Sep Coburg Glass Prize 2014, European Museum of Modern Glass, Germany

May- Jun Vitrum Balticum VI, Kaunas, Lithuania

June The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey

June Design & Craft Fair – MADE, West Dean, West Sussex

July Art in Action, Oxfordshire

Aug Cornwall Design Fair

Oct Made by Hand Cardiff

Nov Handmade in Britain – Chelsea, London

Nov MADE Brighton

Dec International Glass Art Biennial, Haacht, Belgium

2013

Nov ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries,

Jul Art in Action, Oxfordshire

June The Contemporary Craft Festival, Bovey Tracey, Devon

Jan – May New Glass – Ancient Skill, Contemporary Art form,

Blackwell, The arts and Crafts House, Cumbria

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