Our Sculptors

Shelley James MRSS

I am a glass artist and a qualified electrician. I am fascinated by the everyday magic of light and materials and how the eye tricks the brain. I work with scientists and other artists from many different disciplines to create installations that test our perception of what is real and what is not.
Contact telephone
07894206336
Discipline
Abstract
Digital / Light / Sound
Kinetic/Mobile
Other
Material
Glass
Other
Region
London
South West

I trained in textiles in Paris before working in branding and packaging design for international companies including Visa, Shell and Sony Ericsson. I started to wonder about how tiny changes in texture, colour and shape could have such a dramatic impact on our experience of an object and went back to college to study printmaking, I started to play with optical illusions in glass, thanks to some incredibly talented and generous technicians. This led to a PhD  from the Royal College of Art and a thriving practice at the intersection between art and science.  I wanted to use light in my work but could not find anyone to help me. So I went back to college again and trained as an electrician. I now teach and help other artists like me to light their work. I still make my own work too -currently playing with light and sound with an x-ray crystallographer and a glass blowing team in Sweden.