1975, United Kingdom
In 2009 Reeves studied for an MA at the RCA in order to explore the creative possibilities of the medium of glassblowing. A large part of these studies took the form of investigating the pivotal techniques from glassblowing’s two-millennia of rich history and how these could be put to use within a contemporary context. From the mould blowing of ancient Rome to the complex goblet-making techniques of Renaissance Venice, to the finesse of factory manufactured glass after the Industrial revolution, Reeves views these not only for their immense historical importance but as a rich and inspiring resource.
Now highly in demand, Reeves has extensively demonstrated these techniques for public events, Universities and museums including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Testament to his expansive making knowledge and abundant range of glass skills, via an academic return, he is the hot-glass technician at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London, arguably the number one Art and Design university in the world.
In his own words:
'As technology advances, the ways that we perceive, understand, and influence the world around us are changing. As more aspects of human experience permeate through a filter of electronic manipulation, actual experience becomes entwined with the virtual. Through the use of digital tools, it becomes possible to understand form in terms of mathematical co-ordinates, existing only in a theoretical space. In parallel, the concept of craftsmanship itself is also transforming; skill in using digital media is being equated with skill in manipulating molten glass or other materials.'
Reeves has exhibited extensively throughout Europe and has received various awards including; RCA Charlotte Fraser Award (2010) | CGS Glass prizes at New Designers (2011) | The Best of the Best, Art in Action (2011) |He has been nominated twice for The Perrier-Jouët Arts Salon (2015 & 2016). He has work in the permanent collections at the Ensting Stifting, Coesfield, Germany.
Artworks by the artist