Gesamtkunstwerk Sidney Hutter

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Function – what does it do, or did it do … is this of interest to you? What is it purpose.

Sidney hutter’s work in particular the series of work that I have found and been drawn to serves as in a secondary sense as a high quality decorative piece but is truly used as a light source and through a series of processes that are common to many artists using glass and a few secret techniques of his own thinking create results that allow the piece to attract and explore the process of light through an object. Looking at the pieces this interesting concept and appearance combines together to create something that goes against the norm but introduces a series of works that challenge but have a unique look combining light and glass as well as techniques used in craft practices to tidy and clean the surfaces of the individual glass pieces. This interests me and makes me question more the use of materials and the desired effects that can be achieved as well as the overall costs of this way of making.

Material – Are you drawn to it because of the material it is made from?

To my understanding from a research investigative point unlike myself I use glass that is intended for a craft purpose hence suitable for my degree outcome needs and for use in kilns for processes such as pot melting and slumping. However Sidney uses traditional glass used commercially in windows and cars respectively, this is an interesting process not just because of using a form of glass that isn’t purposely made for that purpose but adapting glass is tricky especially with shaping as glass cutting leads to damages and cracks in the surface and shape of the material which is costly not just financially but also on a timescale. However I like that despite each piece in its creation lifetime having at least 10 different stages of work such as grinding to get the smoothness to the edges and polishing to allow light to be absorbed and give the best effect, the final results are well worth the time waiting for the results which is I believe a strong reasoning for liking the material.

Craftsmanship – Is it the virtuosity of skill evident in the object?

Due to the very nature of glass a high level of craftsmanship is needed to use the material much like any material and is shown in Hutters vessel works due to the many processes that are needed to create and finish the piece as well as the experimental procedures that create the Maquete version prior to any material being used. Also having tried for a period of time cutting glass this is a simple process but takes time to get to grips with but shows the high quality level of work seen in his vessels and intrigues me to see where the limitations can go and where they come to an end.

Expression – Does it speak to you, move you, if so how?

Looking at the pieces and the obvious relationships between exterior and interior use of space and light, I like the physical display and individual parts of the piece formed together to create the final version and highlights my belief that glass as a material that although is one that in sourcing has the least connection to nature has such a great connection as a usable and craft making material. This moves me as it shows that I need to keep going with using the material and except that past uses of the material were not as successful as the professionals already out there working with this material because they have been working with this material for years and the mistakes were resolved years before I discovered their work.

Innovative – Does it inspire? Does it challenge, is it beautiful, and if so why?

I strongly believe that Hutters series of vessel work inspires due to the simple idea of using the material as a decorative and functional object and glass although challenging is a material worth great investing. I believe that this provides a challenge as glass as a material although strong when pressured does not take much resistance to break but seeing the vessel pieces hutter has made challenges me to the reality that limitations are made by what we think we can’t do and we can’t achieve and by working with a material that is as difficult as the processes and timescale needed to make is a beauty in itself as nothing that is worth it comes quickly or easily.


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