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Kirkcudbright Festival of Light: Elin Isaksson and Kirkcudbright Primary glass installation 05/10/2018 – 28/10/2018
5th October 2018 @ 10:00 am - 28th October 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Kirkcudbright Galleries commissioned Elin Isaksson, a glass artist who is based in Touch, Stirling, to create a glass sculpture using ideas and inspiration from discussions with pupils at Kirkcudbright Primary School. The final design is exhibited, as part of the Kirkcudbright Festival of Light. Elin is one of only four hot glass studio workers in Scotland and one of only a few across the UK who uses the technique of sandcasting in her work.
The sandcasting method allowed Elin to demonstrate to the pupils the wonder of making shapes in glass, which is rather like building sand castles but in reverse! A hollow is created by pushing a shape into a prepared sand box. The hollow is then filled with molten glass direct from the furnace and the pupils were able to view this through a range of photographs. To create the glass sculpture, scallop shells and limpet shells, were pressed into the sand box creating a variety of sculptural compositions. The flecks of colour in the finished pieces refer to the blue of the mussel shells found locally along the shorelines, as well as the intense warm glow of Galloway sunsets.