Gregg Anston-Race artwork for sale and artist biography
Gregg was born in Truro and has lived in Cornwall all of his life, growing up in the area of North Cornwall. Regular days out to the coast and to the moors, exploring old mine workings naturally means that most of Gregg’s inspiration for his designs come from the rugged coastline of this area and from the mining history of Cornwall. Gregg studied Art and Design at College in... Cornwall. After formal education, he was lucky enough to work for two years with glass. Glass as an artistic material fascinates him - it can be organic and tactile, the colours rich and vibrant. Although it's been around for centuries, there are still new techniques to be devised and as Gregg is mainly self taught when it comes to his glass techniques, he is always looking for innovative ways to experiment with the medium.
Gregg established the Craft Fusion studio in 2005, and since then has built up a large portfolio of galleries where his work is sold, from Penzance to Inverness. Various commissions for private clients and commercial businesses have also been designed and created.
Originally working with coloured glass, he went on to use mineral foils in the glass. This work was greatly influenced by the colours and effects he found in the deposits of metal ores in the old mine workings he had explored as a child, he stayed working in mineral foils until he felt he had developed this medium as far as it could go. Gregg creates work varying from pretty slim vessels to large panels, in his three kilns, which can fire work up to one by two metre's in length and breadth. Feeling the need to stretch himself and to take his work on to a higher level, to create more flowing and organic lines in the work and develop new textures, more creative techniques and exciting colours. He now works mostly with coloured glass powder, producing vibrant and organic works of art. The beautiful iridescences that are found in Gregg's glass with mineral inclusions, this is formed by a process known only to Gregg and was inspired by the lovely colours found in the copper ore mineral Bornite also known as Peacock ore.
Through experimentation, Gregg has been able to develop techniques for working with the glass powders that are unique to his work, which creates an unusual textured look in the glass, a process that requires a very long time in the kiln. The end result of this process allows the work to take on its organic forms.