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Kelp Swell




H 47 cm W 54 cm D 16 cm


Cast and sculpted glass




'Kelp Swell' is a unique glass sculpture by the British artist, Nina Casson McGarva.

Casson McGarva's glass sculptures simply astound. Whilst momentarily malleable, immense planes of hot cast glass are coaxed into life. Imbued with the intensity of their creation, each unique artwork is filled with drama and breathtaking poise. 

In her own words;

“The starting point in my work is nature. I take a detail of an element I find in nature and use it as an inspirational base to create my own abstraction, that then builds into a complex sculpture. My inspiration comes from cycles of nature that I associate with glass because to me the material goes through a cycle and is at it's most alive when it’s hot and being transformed. The end result is solid and doesn’t move any longer, it is at the fragile time before disintegration and maintains a dynamic form and rich structures such as dry leaves, feathers or sea shells. In the making process I shape it hot in an open kiln until the glass stops moving. When the glass transforms to be a solid, the piece is finished”

Born in Gloucester in England, Nina Casson McGarva grew up in rural central France in the middle of the Burgundy countryside. Surrounded by a family of creatives & makers and growing up in an environment full of nature and craft, has definitely influenced her life and artwork. 

The artist can also create pieces to commission, please contact the gallery for further information.

Nina Casson McGarva

Kelp Swell