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Kendal student recycles 200 bottles for glass sculpture

20 June 2014

John Edwards

Impressive piece displayed at UCLan degree show

A student from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) utilised 200 bottles to create an imaginative glass sculpture.

Kathryn Booth, from Kendal, showcased her impressive piece at the University’s annual degree show celebrating students’ creative work. The BA (Hons) Fine Art student produced a sculpture made entirely of green glass, supported by a wooden base which had been covered in corrugated card.

The 22-year-old describes her work as having characteristics of a leaf and was keen to explore the relationship between natural and man-made materials. In particular there is a focus on how light travels through glass.

The former Bolton College student had initially used glass during a first year project when she was tasked with creating a chandelier. Kathryn continued to work the material throughout her studies and was therefore inspired to use it again for her final year project.

Reflecting on the process, she said: “I’ve been working with glass for three years but I’d not used it before coming to UCLan. Previously when I had used it there was an element of interior design but for this project my work developed into fine art.

“Glass is a really nice material to use but it’s very labour intensive. I’m pleased with the outcome; it’s been hard work but ultimately very rewarding.”

“Glass is a really nice material to use but it’s very labour intensive. I’m pleased with the outcome; it’s been hard work but ultimately very rewarding.”

Kathryn, who hopes to become a freelance artist following graduation, spent six months working on her sculpture. She managed to complete this while working on another piece which is made out of 100 clear glass bottles and uses 1km of string.

Kathryn’s work is on display in Preston as part of the UCLan Degree Show until the 21 June. For more information visit www.uclan.ac.uk/cf