Walker is one of a handful of glassblowers in the world whose focus is solely on figurative sculpture. His work develops the relatively young history of studio glass in this country and steps boldly into forms of great originality and thought. Sculpting in molten glass is known as the Massello technique and working in this way requires extreme dexterity, speed and precise temperature control. Walker will be exhibiting a specially made glass feast, laid out under the crossing of the barn, comprised of pieces from his repertoire, along with those innovatively developed for the show.
Of his medium Walker has said, ‘The process itself is very physical and mentally challenging. Once you begin a piece you have to see it through to the end in one session. You are exposed to temperatures of over 1000 degrees and the process of coaxing a complex form out of the glass is unlike working with any other material. The pieces are not cast, carved or ground into shape, but modelled from a cooling liquid so that until the very last second the sculpture is a moving living entity, frozen in time as the glass sets’.
Like Marioni, Walker participated in our Glass Festival at the end of January, where to roars of approval from a crowded audience he successfully completed a virtuoso encasing of a glass bird within a nest and both objects within a glass bubble. This work was subsequently given to one of the youngest serious collectors of glass art in the world, who was in the audience. We are very pleased to welcome Walker to show his work, a feast centre-piece, in the crossing of the barn, for the first time at Messums Wiltshire.
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