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Cheam artist Peter Newsome explores glass sculpture

PUBLISHED: 20:25 24 March 2014 | UPDATED: 20:25 24 March 2014

SUR Violin movement by Peter Newsome (Photo: Simon Bluntnell)

SUR Violin movement by Peter Newsome (Photo: Simon Bluntnell)

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For the past 20 years, Cheam-based artist Peter Newsome has devoted his energies to the creation of glass sculptures with works exhibited widely in the UK and in New York.

Peter Newsome in his studio (Photo: Simon Stanmore)Peter Newsome in his studio (Photo: Simon Stanmore)

Formerly a scientist, he now uses the traditional skills of the glazier and glassworker and hand-cuts and shapes component pieces of sheet glass to create beautiful and distinctive sculptures.

“I became interested in the versatility of glass in my former career as a bio-chemist and took early retirement to explore it as an art form,” says Peter. “There is a wonderful interaction of light and form found in glass and I love the way the two change as you move around a sculpture.”

Peter uses high-quality glass engineering resins to bond and laminate his work, incorporating industrially toughened and stainless steel components so that he can work at almost any scale.

“Many people think of glass as fragile,” he says, “but by building my sculptures in layers they are very substantial.”

Girl with blue hair by Peter Newsome (Photo: Peter Newsome)Girl with blue hair by Peter Newsome (Photo: Peter Newsome)

An associate of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Peter often exhibits at the Mine Gallery in Carshalton and featured at London’s Mall Galleries in the highly regarded Royal Society of British Artists’ Annual Exhibition at the start of March.

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For more information about Peter Newsome’s sculptures, visit his website at peter.newsome.com

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