For Charmer the draw of glass is to exploit its translucent and reflective qualities. His Bloom bowl series are constructed from numerous hand cut glass shards. Whilst heated for several days in the kiln, the sharp edges are softened resulting in layers of melted petals.
In the artist's own words:
‘I immediately became attracted to working with glass during my time at university. I was drawn to the complex and challenging process of manipulating the material, which is solid in form when cool but becomes fluid whilst in the kiln. My aim is to capture this fluidity in the final cooling process and present these organic characteristics within my work. The glass undergoes many transformations whilst firing and the 'not knowing' aspect during this change is the attraction. Over the years I have developed a clearer understanding of the material yet I strive to develop new ways of working to explore and exploit the qualities of glass, which in turn, presents new obstacles to overcome, which retains my fascination with the medium.’
The artist can also create pieces to commission, please contact the gallery for further information.