I was assisting several artists including Ayako Tani in Sunderland, Anne Petters and Stephen Paul Day at Bild-Werk Frauenau in Germany.
A friend of mine who was an intern at North Lands recommended me to apply.
I think it’s unique as it ties individual glass studios together across Europe and connects people and give more opportunities especially to emerging artists.
My first glass creation was a tiny little key ring made in a stained glass studio in my hometown in Japan. Once I started learning glass making in a university in the UK, I shifted to kiln formed glass.
Draw some ideas from my sketchbook/past work or other artist’s artwork, make test pieces, think about how I am displaying (curating), and make a final piece.
I have just finished making a new piece of artwork which will be exhibited in Japan in December!
My philosophical thinking is definitely very Japanese. The conceptual thinking and the dynamic experimental making approach that I have learnt in the UK have impacted me the way of making art.
There were quite a few online exhibiting/workshop opportunities in the UK. I was able to participate in some of them.
Anne Petters, Anna Mlasowsky, Andrea Spencer, Sivan Pais.
I haven’t been to that many studios yet but I like somewhere surrounded by nature.
North Lands and Bild-Werk Frauenau are such an inspirational places.
Working internationally is important for my creative development as experiencing different cultures, meeting new people from different background inspires me and evolves my imagination.
Natsumi Jones is a Japanese artist working in glass and mixed media currently residing in the UK. Her work explores time, nature, customs through the fragility and ephemeral materiality of glass. She also often combines light as a material to give immersive installation effect as well as embellish the material with reflection and transmission.