This project recycled one whole house. Inspired by the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand in 2010 which resulted in at least 10,000 homes being demolished and many materials suitable for reclamation being wasted. Every item from the house was cataloged and artists could apply for materials to make work. I have been sent some pieces of window glass! Working with this glass has given me a sense of the specialness of an ‘ordinary’ piece of waste glass. Sometimes the amount of glass available to work with is overwhelming.
Whist this abundance definitely drives and loosens my style. The preciousness of the small amount of glass from Christchurch has been a lovely change of emphasis.
The work has now returned to NZ to become part of an exhibition in Canterbury Museum to be held in June 2015. The kiln carved patterns on the bowls echo the lead-light designs in the original house windows.