“I fell in love with the ancient practice of glass making 20 years ago and immediately recognised the versatility of the material.
My work is influenced by the underlying principles of Scandinavian and Japanese design aesthetics and their harmony with nature. The traditional Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi is often described as ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. The idea is that being surrounded by natural, changing, unique objects helps us connect to our real world and escape potentially stressful distractions.
I strive to embody these principles in my work by combining glass with raw materials, the outcome resembles the colours and textures found in geological formations. I use a variety of techniques which appear to mimic the passage of time. The glass I create becomes imbued with an ancient aesthetic, a symbol of fragile and impermanent beauty, an echo of the natural world and the human experience.
My current works are blown or sculpted from clear furnace glass and blended with oxides. Each piece is gently shaped and further transformed within a hand-built mould inside a kiln. I create the conditions upon which the final forms are made, and then surrender to the process, allowing each form to find its unique expression.
Vessels are a recurrent form in my work; for me, they symbolise femininity and receptivity. I see glass as a medium to absorb and reflect experiences in the same way that we do. Glass is the perfect medium to represent the alchemical process, I feel that I’m also transformed through the challenge of creating with such a demanding material.”
Corrina’s work has been influenced by a hot glass sculpture workshop she attended in Finland, hosted by Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen and Shelley Muzylowski-Allen.
She was awarded a full scholarship to Pilchuck Glass school where she developed her hot glass skills, focusing more on the creation of vessels.
Corrina worked for several years as an assistant and maker in a hot glass studio. During this time, she worked with a variety of other glass artists and created her own work and private commissions; including a collaborative design project with Wedgwood. Her glassware has been featured in numerous national publications, selected galleries and exhibitions, including the 2015 UK Glass Biennale.
Aside from glassmaking, Corrina has spent months at a time travelling in Asia and these experiences have been integrated into her art work. Themes of meditation and shamanism are present in her recent works exploring ritual and symbolism.