SALLY KENT – The Sugar Cube Interview…
First things first, how did you get started as an artist?
I have always enjoyed messing around with paint but when my parents built a house and unearthed lots of beautiful old bottles I cleaned them up and painted them to sell in order to top up my student loan. This is where my fascination with glass began. Several years on I began working with silver and desperate to include glass in my work I tried and failed as the glass cracked under the blow torch. I then had to learn about the properties of glass. I never went back to the silver!
It’s not always easy but it’s worth it. Don’t let others dissuade you from following your dream.
How would you sum up your style of work in 120 characters?
My work is inspired by the Somerset countryside and changing seasons. I work with a large variety of coloured fusing glass to build up layers of colour. The glass is fused in the kiln at high temperatures. By varying temperatures and timings different textures can be created. I often like to include metals such as copper sheet and wire as well as including reactive glasses within my work. I make a huge range of items from large kitchen splash backs, sculptures and wall panels to coasters and bowls.
The Sugar Cube Gallery is pretty small but is it the smallest gallery you’ve ever exhibited your work in?
As an artist is there a time of year you like best?
Autumn for the stunning colours and the frosty mornings.
When it comes to printmaking do you have a favourite technique?
Which artist alive or dead would you most like to meet and why?
Do you always have a sketchbook with you when you’re on the move?
How do you unwind after a long day in the studio?
On a dog walk across the Levels or through the orchards.
Where do you like working best – in a studio or out and about?
In the studio for working but out and about for ideas and inspiration.
And finally, if you were allowed to keep (but not sell!) one work of art from any gallery or collection worldwide, which would it be?
Keen to find out more..? Take a look at Sally’s artist profile page here on the Sugar Cube website.