Corinne Julius previews Collect 2020, including work by Karlyn Sutherland, Celia Dowson, and Joshua Kerley in the London Evening Standard Wednesday 19 February 2020.
Traditionally, the British have been connoisseurs of ceramics, while the Americans have been collectors of glass. This year, however, glass is a big feature. Bullseye Glass Company from Portland, Oregon, has optical illusion glass tables in multilayered geometric panels by Karlyn Sutherland that reflect her interest in architectural space, while Celia Dowson's serene Rhossili Collection, developed from observations of the Gower peninsula in Wales, includes glasses and bowls.
They are shown alongside Joshua Kerley's innovatiove pendant lighting made of pâte de verre – small grains of glass in paste pressed into a mould fired in a kiln. Kerley's playful use of colour, with soft yellows, pinks, and a dash of cobalt, is also evident in his series of jars with glass foam lids. He upends contentional perceptions of glass, combining and juxtaposing traditional techniques with mundane materials like cork or common brick.