Viv Keel

"Much of my work is made from recycled materials. This is both liberating and limiting – there are plenty of materials available to experiment with but, because I have no information about the materials, there are plenty of failed experiments too. Opening the kiln can be a nerve-racking experience!

I have recently started to work with lead crystal because of the optical quality of the glass and the intensity of the refractions.  I have used lead crystal for the two works ‘rock – sand – glass’ and ‘falling’.  Rock – sand – glass was exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in 2014.

I find glass fascinating: that it is a different state of rock or sand; that it is both liquid and solid; that you look at it, into it, through it. More than with any other medium, to work with glass is to work directly with light." Viv Keel