July Studio Update: Hot Times

Sonja Klingler starting one of my hot blown glass elements. ©2019

Sonja Klingler starting one of my hot blown glass elements. ©2019

Who says it doesn't get hot here in England? We are currently wilting our way through a record-breaking heatwave. That hasn't stopped me from all manner of making that involves heat: paper burning, hot blown glass, and welding. I never thought I'd say this here, but please bring on the cool!

Read on for all the details.

New Commission: NCL Getaway

Kelly M O'Brien,  Playing With Fire No. 96-102 . Commissioned for Norwegian Cruise Lines  Getaway . ©2019

Kelly M O'Brien, Playing With Fire No. 96-102. Commissioned for Norwegian Cruise Lines Getaway. ©2019

Seven new pieces just went to the framer for Norwegian Cruise Lines Getaway. The work is being floated in brushed gold frames and will be installed into wall niches within the same public space.

With this set, I reached a fun milestone of Playing With Fire No.100. A huge thank you to Soho Myriad Art Consultants, the first to commission my burned paper series back in 2015, and for whom this project was fittingly done.

MFA Research: Hot Hot Hot

The A-Team at Devereux + Huskie Glassworks: James Devereux, Harriet Thorne, and Katie Huskie. ©2019

The A-Team at Devereux + Huskie Glassworks: James Devereux, Harriet Thorne, and Katie Huskie. ©2019

It's hard to believe that I'm in the final couple of months of my master's degree program. Has it really been two years already? Things are getting very real as we focus on our final assessments and Degree Show for September.

Apparently, things aren't hot enough in the studio merely burning paper, so I've spent time in two different hot glass studios and the metal workshop at school learning to weld.

Working in Sonja Klinger's (left) 49 C / 125 F degree studio, assisted by Lolita Diot-Parslow. ©2019

Working in Sonja Klinger's (left) 49 C / 125 F degree studio, assisted by Lolita Diot-Parslow. ©2019

Over the next few weeks I'll test ideas that combine the class and metal elements in various precarious compositions and situations. You can see a hint of what's in store here. I'm also posting regular images and short videos of the work in progress in my Instagram feed.

Action shot in the metal workshop at Bath Spa School of Art. Image: Donna O'Brien

Action shot in the metal workshop at Bath Spa School of Art. Image: Donna O'Brien

Exhibition: Sheep Spirit

Kelly M O'Brien,  Object (Im)permanence No. 3 (New Cumberland)  (front). Machine sewing over incised digital photographs on paper. 12 x 16.5 inches. ©2016

Kelly M O'Brien, Object (Im)permanence No. 3 (New Cumberland) (front). Machine sewing over incised digital photographs on paper. 12 x 16.5 inches. ©2016

Several pieces from my Object (Im)permanence series will be in an exhibition comprised entirely of sheep art at Kunstverein Familie Montez, an innovative gallery and gathering space in Frankfurt, Germany.

A big thank you to my dear CKCK colleague Chris Kircher for making this possible!

Save the Date: MA Degree Show

If you're in the region, you are cordially invited to join me at the Private View for our MA Degree Show. Not only will you get a preview of lots of fabulous art and creative projects, but also an insider's tour of the brand new art school at Locksbrook Campus.

The former Herman Miller furniture factory has been completely renovated and it's gorgeous. We're so excited to be the very first cohort of art students to have our degree show there.

Current + Upcoming

Wells Art Contemporary, Wells Cathedral, Wells, BA5 2PD, UK | 20 July – 11 August, Private View: 19 July 7-9pm

Kunstverein Familie Montez, Frankfurt, Germany | 14 August – 1 September

Bath Spa Schools of Art and Design MA Degree Show, Locksbrook Campus, Locksbrook Road, Bath, BA1 3EL | 21-25 July, Private View: 20 July 6-9pm, Closing Night: 25 July 6-9pm

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