About the Artist
Christine Bird-Jones is an artist and educator primarily working with glass. Her work varies in scale from the architectural to the hand held. Interested in the different qualities of light mediated through glass, Christine’s work explores the kinetic phenomena of the way that light interacts with glass and its influence on our emotional and physical being.
Commissioned art pieces in Wales can be viewed by the public in Bethania Chapel, Bethesda; Denbighshire Civic Centre, Ruthin; Ysgol Dinas Bran Llangollen; Library and Tourist Information Centre, Llangollen; Ysbyty Glan Clwyd Hospital Chapel and Cwm Aur Care Home, Llanybydder.
Christine Bird-Jones regularly exhibits nationally and internationally. In the summer of 2014 she represented Wales exhibiting in Landesausstellung, at The Sculpture Garden, Brandenburg, Germany. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections and she is a key member of the Women's International Glass Workshop.
Christine has lectured and taught glass workshops throughout the world for many years and until recently was Director of the Glass Masters course at Swansea Metropolitan University School of Glass, a recognised centre of excellence for architectural glass and glass technology.
Alldaith Goleuni – Light Expedition is Christine Bird-Jones’ Creative Wales Ambassador proposal. It focused on her own artistic research with glass in pure sunlight, in the landscape. She will revisit the special place that inspired her at the start of her career in visual research. In Hawaii she proposes explore new ideas through drawing, film, photography and glassmaking, re-connecting to mapping the changing effects of glass pieces in sunlight, to expand and refine knowledge of reflection, refraction, light and shadow in relationship to glass. Christine will also study indigenous Hawaiian art and artefacts and delve deeper into the myths, legends and culture of these islands steeped in the pure light that exists when the nearest landmass is 3,000 miles away.
Christine is invited to return to the University of Hawaii where she was visiting Professor twenty-five years ago. This time as artist in residence, she will show her work made in Wales and have access to technical support, state of the art facilities and equipment. Ruthin Craft Centre has nominated Christine and will promote the project. They will provide a public access studio in Ruthin where visitors will be able to see the work develop when Christine returns from her research in Hawaii.
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