North Lands Creative returns to COLLECT

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February 2020

North Lands Creative returns to Collect, the international art fair for modern craft and design, from Thursday 27 February – Sunday 1 March 2020. For 2020, Collect is moving to an iconic new home in the heart of London, Somerset House. Organised by the Crafts Council, Collect welcomes over 14,000 visitors including international galleries, artists and collectors. Visitors can experience an insightful programme of events, tours and free talks.

North Lands Creative at Collect 2020 celebrates the outstanding British and International creativity in glass. All the artists have a connection to our Alastair Pilkington Studio and the work has been inspired by their immersive time on
our artist in residence programme or as a collaborative process from our associate artist projects. Our 2020 Collect artists are Emma Baker (UK), Alberto Lago (Italy), James Maskrey (UK), Alexandra Mureşan (Romania), Laura Quinn
(Ireland) and Martin Janecký (Czech). Authenticity is at the heart of our work. Centred around a core belief in conservation, education and sustainability of the art form, North Lands Creative has an outstanding reputation for facilitating individual and corporate commissions
of contemporary art, design and craft pieces and offers an immersive special experience for collectors.

Our commissioning service and the work for sale in our gallery reflects a global trend, with increasingly discerning collectors searching out objects of beauty and substance against a flowering of craftsmanship worldwide. We bridge iconic heritage and contemporary design as well as supporting independent artists to tell their stories. Our programme aims to attract a broad audience united in their appreciation of imagination, individuality, passion and skill for contemporary studio glass. A curated programme of events annually allows visitors to meet our artists and gain access to exclusive exhibitions, demonstrations and workshops.
Karen Phillips, Director of North Lands Creative said: “With its mix of ingenuity and imagination, North Lands Creative has always been a meeting point for historicism and modernity in glass. Our stand at Collect 2020 bridges the two by offering fresh insights into the historic techniques of glass whilst pioneering new thinking on the medium. I think being an artist anywhere is a courageous thing to be. But being a glass artist, where you have limited structure to support you, is probably even braver. You definitely have to have a strong entrepreneurial vision. Often artists have limited access to facilities and further training after graduating. A studio like North Lands Creative provides valuable equipment and support and due to its remoteness visiting artists are really influenced by their context”.

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Since 1995, North Lands Creative has been a meeting place not only for glass artists but has also actively
encouraged the participation of visual artists, architects and designers wishing to explore the technical and artistic
potential of glass either on its own or in combination with other materials.

The World’s Leading Glass Studio

Our Alastair Pilkington Studio is a creative production house, specialising in the development, design, project management and delivery of atelier commissions and small-batch design of very finely crafted bespoke objects in glass.
The studio combines and delivers a wide range of end-to-end creative services, with a near obsessive eye for detail North Lands Creative is the only glass making studio practice in the UK that has the capability to design, prototype and produce the work from start to finish with national and international artists. North Lands Creative is closely connected to a network of master craft makers and artists. Our in-house highly skilled team can offer a service for once-off atelier commissions, bespoke products, merchandise, corporate gifts and trophies.
Our passionate team of designers and artisan craftsmen works directly with luxury brands, architects, curators and agencies to develop, design and produce complex, evocative bespoke pieces which wordlessly communicate their sophisticated values through considered design and meticulous craftsmanship.

We have worked with an astonishing line up of notable glass artists: Tessa Clegg, Irene Frolic, Mieke Groot, Richard Meitner, Klaus Moje, Joel Philip Myers, Dante Marioni, Richard Marquis, Jan Erik Ritzman, Paul Stankard and Ann Wolff. Sculptors: Tony Cragg, Richard Deacon, David Nash and Richard Wentworth, and the Scottish painter Adrian Wiszniewski.

Sponsors & Partners

Collect 2020 is supported by Creative Scotland and includes a collaboration sponsored by Salviati and Abate Zanetti.

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery.

Abate Zanetti has created handmade Murano glass since 1862. There are two parts of Abate Zanetti. The first is education, which draws inspirations from its origins and is expressed through the implementation, coordination and promotion of highly innovative training activities. The second is a centre of excellence in the production, research and experimentation of the theme of artistic avant-garde and glass design and is capable of creating glass works of art starting from a project by the customer (resulting in the elaboration of a design and a prototype) or following the instructions of the designer. We are the past and future of Murano glass art.


Founded in 1859, Salviati sits amongst the most prestigious glass manufacturers in Venice. Over 150 years of glass making knowledge and strong collaborations with international designers characterise a collection of timeless pieces of outstanding quality and design. Salviati today shows the ability to master the heritage of the Muranese legacy and explore the art of the possible. Salviati’s products are highly recognisable for their strong narrative, creativity and distinctive design They embody the Venetian tradition and interpret extraordinary making techniques in a contemporary way. Historically Salviati has worked with designers and artists with great sensibility and abilities to understand glass as a material.


Emma Baker

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Emma first saw glassblowing at Waterford Crystal in 2007, completely oblivious to how it would later impact her life. After successfully completing a BA(Hons) degree in Glass and Ceramics in 2014 from the University of Sunderland, she have had the opportunity to work at various glass studios. Alongside having the privilege to assist many talented makers and learn first hand from their skill, she has been fortunate to be exposed to different techniques, studio environments and styles of glassmaking. She is currently self employed as a freelance glassmaking assistant alongside developing her own glass work.

Celebrating memories through the presentation or re-creation of important objects epitomises her conceptual work. The inspiration is most often drawn from profound personal occurrences; therefore her work is often aesthetically literal. By using emotively associated objects, she builds work that immortalises memories of significant times and happenings through the use of glass. Alongside her love to involve narrative within the work, process is a primary interest in her development with glass. Works have evolved from experimentation and pushing the material to its limits in order to understand its behaviours, the results are highly aesthetic and exploit the honest attributes of glass itself. Most recently she has been working with blown glass within kiln forming processes, revealing an entirely new and
exciting pathway in her work.

Alberto Lago


Alberto Lago is a designer and artist based in Venice. Starting from designing skyscrapers to working with craftsman his creative process is based on understanding the human and social impact on the surroundings through community interaction. His background range from architecture, engineering, carpentry, illustration and design.

Alberto creative process is based on traditional craftsmanship in relation with natural materials (ceramic, fabric, glass, marble, metal, and wood). The starting point is having a direct interaction with skilled artisans to understand their techniques, passions and dreams. These knowledges are then used in symbiosis with digital technologies to inform the design process in a unique manner.

In 2018, he took part of the Venice Architecture Biennale for the Scottish exhibition, as an artist and coordinator, where he collaborated to explore the theme of free space through bringing to Venice not another exhibition but a resource for Venetians and anyone coming into the space.

Currently, he is Art Director and designer of Salviati a 160 years-old Murano glass furnace, where he explores the old traditional glass techniques with a contemporary contaminations.

Alberto has won different national and international awards, and he has showcased his work in several different exhibitions, such as: Milano Design Fair, Venice Glass Week, Biennale di Venezia, and Industries Museum in Chemnitz.

Alexandra Mureşan

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Alexandra Mureşan combines glass with metal meshes and objects, renewing the old technique of glass making and demonstrating the glass’s modernity. “Don’t push me …” – a reflection of the way we push nature and our environment towards breaking point through invasive industrial behaviour.

Although in my practice I explore different forms of expression, I adopted glass as the main voice for my thoughts because I fell in love with its transparency and its translucence, with its ability to play with form, light and perception. Coming from a background of poetry and philosophy, I am fascinated with the dialectic between beauty and ugliness, between effect and defect, between perfection and error. The range of subjects I approach in my works depends a lot on the flux of inspiration that emerges from my contact with the world around me. An idea can haunt me for days, months, years, it sometimes lays dormant gathering strength and then bursting into a series of material experiments that materialize in a finite piece.

Laura Quinn

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Laura Quinn is an Irish designer and glassblower. In 2015 she graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin with a BA (hons) in Glass Design, as well as a BA (hons) in Art History and Design. Sisyphus was the body of work she created for her BA degree show. The inspiration for this body of work came from the myth of Sisyphus, and how it is in the human experience to complete repetitive actions or tasks in the hope that there is an overall greater meaning. This body of work was primarily wearable sculpture, combining glass with other materials such as rubber and metal.

After graduating she worked in the Corning Museum of Glass teaching the public how to make their own glass objects. By the end of 2015 she had also completed her internship in Olustvere Glass Studio in Estonia where she spent 3 months working as a glass blowing assistant.

In 2016 her journey brought her to Gloucestershire in England where she worked under a master glass blower in LoCo Glass Studio. Here she developed a love of making glass within the production setting. Working in various studios around the world raised questions for Laura about the use of glass with other materials. In 2017 she began her MA in 3D Design Crafts in Plymouth College of Art.

James Maskrey

James Maskrey started working with glass in 1990. He originally trained as an apprentice and subsequently worked for 7 years at a hot glass studio in Dorset, predominantly working with William Walker. He periodically worked with other makers spending an extended period assisting Neil Wilkin.

In 1997 he embarked on a Three Dimensional Design BA Hons degree in glass at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design graduating in June 2000. After graduation he was appointed as Artist in Residence at the Surrey Institute, developing his own work alongside teaching skills to students of all levels.

In 2001 James joined the Glass and Ceramics department at The University of Sunderland. In 2002 he started his Master of Arts studies at the University. He graduated with an MA in Glass with distinction in 2004.

In July 2004 he attended an inspirational week-long masterclass at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland studying under Steve Klein and Tom Rowney and has been a regular visitor ever since. He has since worked as a gaffer for many artists at Northlands including Susan Cohn, Emma Woffenden, Magdalene Odundo, Richard Slee and Petr Stanicky and as a TA to Richard Jolley. He has led his own annual skills courses at Northlands between 2011 and 2013 and his own masterclass in 2015. Additionally he has worked as a TA at Sars Poteries France, and has led his own masterclasses at Glazenhuis, Lommel, Belgium and twice at Bild-Werk in Frauenau, Germany.

James continues to work at the University, specialising in hot glass. As well as forming part of the team delivering skills demonstrations and workshops, He has taught the validated LIFT hot glass courses and as a visiting lecturer on the BA programme.

In September 2011 he visited the Crisil glass factory in Cochabamba, Bolivia as a Design and Technical consultant on behalf of the fair trade organisation Traidcraft. He has exhibited his work in the UK, Europe, The USA and China. His work is held in many public and private collections including The Crafts Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Martin Janecký

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Martin Janecký, began working with glass at the age of thirteen at his fathers factory in the Czech Republic. After graduating from the Glass School in Nový Bor he gained experiences in South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, and chiefly in the US, where he studied at the Pilchuck Glass School under Richard Royal and William Morris. It wasn’t long before Martin Janecký himself became a highly sought teacher in his field. He has been a visiting artist and instructor at various glass programs all over the world, such as The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, University of Toyama. Among his most recognized strengths is an ability to master the glass moulding technology of so-called blowing and sculpting “inside the bubble”, a technique used to create startling original works. Martin Janecky is considered to be one of the best glass sculptors working today. He has exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums all over the world.


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