Shelley Doolan is a glass-maker working predominantly with the lost-wax casting process. She has extensive experience of a diverse range of projects, from small-scale wafer-thin castings to large cast panels.
Having learnt techniques as diverse as glass blowing, lost wax casting and the delights of cold-working (hours spent painstakingly grinding and polishing glass), it is towards the process of lost wax casting that she has gravitated. It is a technique which affords enormous scope for expression. Her over-arching preoccupation has been with the unique interaction between glass and light. By gaining knowledge of glass forming she has been able to create forms which exploit this relationship to explore a broad range of themes.
In addition to traditional craft skills, Shelley has acquired knowledge of 3D CAD modelling and associated technologies. Her use of digital technologies segues seamlessly with hand-making techniques to produce stimulating work beyond the limitations of the human hand.
Her current body of work is a more focused application of this working methodology. The forms derive from her use of equations which control the interaction between waves. The output of these equations is given a three-dimensional form using modelling software. (For further details of this project, please refer to the research page).
Images of this work can be found in the gallery pages.
Shelley is able to produce glass for a variety of contexts and work to a small or large scale. The panels can be mounted for wall-hanging, with or without integral lighting. They can also be housed in floor-stands for interior or exterior display. The design, scale and mounting of the work can be tailored as required.
The work is currently available on a commission basis, with a range of 'ready-made' lighting in development.
There is an ongoing process of development of new designs and ideas. Enquiries are always welcome.
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