18 Nov 26th of November Meet the Maker – Glass artist David Walton
Meet the Maker of Eleven50º Glass Design.
The Leitrim Design House are delighted to host a Meet the Maker event and launch a new collection of glassware by David Walton from Eleven50º Glass Design. David will be in store to meet the public from 2pm until 5pm on Saturday November 26th. Everyone is welcome to drop in view this stunning collection and hear about the process of glass making.
Eleven50º Glass Design is a creative start-up established by David Walton in 2016. After graduating from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 1999, David spent the early part of his creative career working in stained glass and lighting design at home in Ireland and internationally. David moved on to a highly successful career in the sale of fast moving consumable goods but after a decade in the corporate world, began to feel creatively unfulfilled. In 2015 David took the bold decision to hang up his suit and tie, hand back his company car and make a return to his true passion in life; hand-blown, contemporary glass.
Using production techniques that are over 2000 years old and working with molten glass at temperatures of 1150ºC, all of the glass is made by hand. Each piece combines bold contemporary colour and design with traditional hand shaping techniques to create pieces that are truly one-of-a-kind. David is passionate about working in this medium as he states “At Eleven50º Glass Design we are inspired by contemporary design and how colour and light can enhance any living space. We view our clean, modern vessel forms as canvases for light and colour allowing the interplay of these elements to create and ever-changing focal point in your living environment. Our range is inspired by the natural world, encapsulating colour and motif from the cellular to the cosmos. Our artisan production process, colour palettes and application techniques ensure that your Eleven50º Glass Design piece is completely exclusive to you.”
Eleven50º have big ambitions for 2017. They hope to focus on sharing the incredible experience of how hand-blown glass is produced. They are developing a studio experience that allows visitors to witness firsthand the skill and passion that goes into making each piece. The creatively adventurous can also experience blowing and shaping glass through their hands-on courses and workshops.
“At Eleven50º Glass Design we truly believe that creative fulfilment can transform lives. The art of glassmaking is a truly inspiring way to use your hands, your breath and your imagination to shape something beautiful.” Having first encountered glassblowing at the age of 19 and appreciating the positive impact it made on his life, David wants to share his love and passion for the craft with a new generation of glassmakers. With this in mind, the long term vision of Eleven50º is to develop as a Social Enterprise engaging with marginalised young people through the provision of supported workshops and apprenticeships in the production studio. Eleven50º Glass Design: Irish Design – Irish Hands http://eleven50glassdesign.com/ www.facebook.com/eleven50glassdesign/
On the same afternoon as this event the Open Season exhibition will be launched upstairs in the Dock galleries. This is a highlight in The Dock’s visual art calendar and will feature many local artists at all stages of their career. Pupils of Scoil Mhuire will perform Christmas carols on the staircase on the day of the opening, Sat 26th November at 2pm.