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Inspired: Teepee Glass

— September 2013

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Brett Manley, Peacock Charger, coloured glass

The De Morgan Centre - selling exhibition of fine glass

11 September – 9 November 2013

The spirit of the Arts and Crafts Movement is flourishing at the De Morgan Centre this autumn, with a selling exhibition of finely handcrafted glass, created by art collective Teepee Glass and inspired by the Centre’s collections.

Artists, innovators, experimenters and social do-gooders, William and Evelyn De Morgan were regular fixtures in the Victorian artistic social world, and they exemplified the creative and social values of the Arts and Crafts Movement. The De Morgan Centre in Wandsworth holds the world’s largest collection of works by the De Morgans, and prides itself on showcasing contemporary artists who demonstrate the same fine artistic and creative talent that the De Morgans themselves possessed.

The Arts and Crafts Movement of the 19th Century stood for traditional hand craftsmanship using simple forms, with an emphasis on the quality of materials used. These same values abound in this exhibition of the works of the Teepee Group, which are displayed here alongside the exquisite works of William and Evelyn De Morgan.

Teepee Glass is a collective of eight glass artists who met at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. With a wide range of skills and experience in glass design and glass art, they produce work ranging from jewellery and dishes, to windows and glass installations. Each artist brings their own unique style and technique to this exhibition, creating a diverse offering of high quality crafted goods.

The collective will be showing a range of glass pieces displaying each of their distinctive styles, alongside pieces inspired by the work of the De Morgans; in particular, florals and mythical animals from William’s pottery designs are mirrored in the broad range of Teepee’s work.

This selling exhibition provides the opportunity to purchase a piece of stunning, unique glassware to complement a contemporary lifestyle, at an achievable and affordable price.

Prices start from £38. The De Morgan Centre will be open until 9pm on 3 October and 7 November.

The De Morgan Centre
38 West Hill
SW18 1RX

T: 020 8871 1144

Opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday 1pm – 5pm
Saturday 11am – 5pm

Late opening: First Thursday of every month 1pm – 9pm

Admission charges:

Adults £3.60
Children free
Art Fund Members free

The De Morgan Centre

See Jenny Kingsley's article on the De Morgan centre in Cassone, September 2012

The De Morgan Centre is a museum and gallery in the London Borough of Wandsworth, England, that houses a large collection of the work of the Victorian ceramic artist William De Morgan and his wife, the painter Evelyn De Morgan. The De Morgans were important figures in the Arts and Craft Movement and were also involved in the social issues of the day such as women's suffrage and education.

The collection was formed by Evelyn De Morgan's sister, Mrs Wilhelmina Stirling, who wrote several books under the name A.M.W. Stirling. It had previously been on display at her home, Old Battersea House. In the years following her death in 1965, parts of the collection were displayed at a number of locations including Cardiff Castle, Cragside in Northumberland and Knightshayes Court in Devon, all of which have interiors from the years when the De Morgans were active.

In 2002, the collection was rehoused at the former West Hill Reference Library in Wandsworth, in south west London, which dates from 1887. Threatened with the termination of its lease, the Centre closed to the public in 2009. However, it was given the opportunity to stay in Wandsworth, and reopened in September 2011. The De Morgan Centre is open to the public five days a week.

The Teepee Group

Teepee Glass is a collective of eight glass artists who met at Central Saint Martins and named their group after having spent ten nights under a canvas teepee at the British Glass Biennale in 2006.

They are Lucy Batt, Andrew Boddington, Maria Fagan, Iain Gutteridge, Brett Manley, Alex R, Pippa Stacey and Wendy Stone.

Their work ranges from glass vessels to jewellery to windows and installations which dazzlingly display their diverse glass skills and artistry.

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