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28 October 2013
GLASSTORM has made a prop that has been used in the newly released film 'FILTH'. The novel written by Irvin Welsh has been made into cinematic gold that stars James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent. If you watch the clip below to the end you will see the giant glass pill jar that we made at the studio for the fiim.
26 June 2013
Mount Stuart located on the Isle of Bute off the west coast of Scotland is hosting a commission of new works by Lucy Skaer. This is Skaer's first Solo project in Scotland since her Turner Prize nomination and exhibition at Tate Britain in 2009. GLASSTORM worked with Lucy to produce a selection of glass site-specific works that will be placed in various rooms of Mount Stuart including the Drawing room and Chapel.
To see some of Lucy's works at Mount Stuart please follow the link to external site below.
22 April 2013We are currently looking for an experienced Glass Blowing Assistant to come and join our team at GLASSTORM. If you have previously worked in a Hot Glass environment and would like the opportunity to work with us in a fast paced and exciting studio please contact the gallery at email@example.com for a detailed job description.
18 February 2013
Following the sale in December 2012 of the Bowmore 1957 No.1 bottle, Chilled Magazine has written an interesting article on the bottle and the makers that were involved in its production including Glasstorm.
11 January 2013
1957 Bottle No.1 Sold
We are delighted to announce that the No. 1 bottle of our oldest ever expression, the exceptionally rare Bowmore 1957, 54 Years Old has been sold for £100,000 (approximately $160,000) at the Bowmore Distillery on Islay. This bottle is not only the oldest whisky the distillery has ever released, it is also the oldest Islay Single Malt ever released. As promised by Morrison Bowmore Distillers, owners of Bowmore,all the net proceeds will be donated to five Scottish charities. The owner, a resident of the United States, would like to remain anonymous.
Distilled in 1957 and bottled in 2011, this 54-year-old marvel has been maturing in the finest oak in Bowmore’s legendary No. 1 Vaults, the oldest maturationwarehouse in Scotland. Only 12 bottles exist in the world, two of which are kept in the Morrison Bowmore archives and nine now remain for sale at the Bowmore Distillery.
BottleNo. 1’s profit will be donated to five Scottish charities that encompass a variety of worthy causes: Alzheimer Scotland (care for people with dementia, their caregivers and families); The Beatson Oncology Centre (care for cancer patients receiving treatment in the west of Scotland); Chas (children’s hospice services); Erskine (medical care for Armed Forces); and Marie Curie Cancer Care (cancer care and research).
Says Mike Keiller, Morrison Bowmore Distillers Chief Executive Officer, “We are delighted to have sold bottle No. 1 of our Bowmore 1957 just before Christmas allowing us to keep our promise to donate all the net proceeds to charity as our gift to those in need in Scotland.”
A collection of 1957 casks were bottled in 1995 but one in particular was held back because it was more exceptional than the rest. Since 1995, the whisky in that cask has been examined every six months to check the quality, the taste, the developments and changes the spirit was taking on its aging voyage. In 2011 it was determined that the liquid had reached its potential and was bottled.
16 October 2012We are currently looking for an experienced Glass Blowing Assistant to come and join our team at GLASSTORM. If you have previously worked in a Hot Glass environment and would like the opportunity to work with us in a fast paced and exciting studio please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org for a detailed job description.
26 September 2012
Tain based creative duo Brodie Nairn and Nicky Burns have recently been holed up working on a top secret whisky based project, shrouded in mystery it is now time to open the bottle and announce the details.
The Bowmore 1957 bottle, containing 54 Year Old single malt and infused with history and magic. Not only is this the oldest whisky the distillery has ever released, it is also the oldest Islay Single Malt ever put on sale. Glasstorm are fast becoming both experts and pioneers in the niche field of luxury bottle creation. The bottles have been beautifully hand-blown and sculpted into the shape of the waves reminiscent of those that constantly crash the walls of No. 1 Vault's sea facing walls by renowned glass artists Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns. The glass has also been flecked with platinum to create a shimmering sea-like effect.
The historic nature of the bottle cannot be underestimated, only 12 of these hand sculpted individually crafted works of art will be created, with the first two going up for sale at auction in Edinburgh and New York with all proceeds being donated to five Scottish Charities.. Two have been retained for the Morrison Bowmore archives and the remaining eight will be available for purchase by the public solely at the Bowmore Distillery Visitor Centre on Islay. The retail price for Bowmore 1957 from the Visitor Centre will be £100,000 (approx. $155,000).
There are also 4 x Video Clips of the making of this very special bottle the crafts people involved and the whisky on this youtube channel ..
16 May 2012
Two more of the exclusive 11 bottles of the Janet Sheed Roberts Glenfiddich whisky have been auctioned off for charity. Bottle 3 beat the previous world record for the highest amount of money paid for a single bottle of whisky, which was held by Bottle 1 which raised £46,850 when auctioned in Edinburgh last November.
Bottle 3 raised an amazing £59,335 at the event held on New York’s Liberty Island in March and was bought by a ‘renowed whisky investor’ Mahash Patel. The auction’s proceeds were donated to the charitable arm of the sustainable development company SHFT. Co-founders of SHFT, actor Arian Grenier and Producer Peter Glatzer were at the event, as was Glenfiddich’s Master Distiller Brian Kinsman.
The World Duty Free Group (WDFG) are the proud owners of Bottle 7 which managed to raise £42,000 at the beginning of May. The winning bid for the bottle was announced at London’s Mall galleries. This coincided with the unveiling of Artist John Wonnacott’s new portrait of Janet Sheed Roberts who sadly passed away in April this year. The money raised for this bottle will go to The Lotus Flower Trust and is to be used to fund the project in Uttrakhand, India to open a home & school for disabled children.
26 March 2012The trophies that Glasstorm have designed and made for the 2011 PLC Awards share a similarity to the Haute Couture fashion house Chanel's runway, for the 2012 Paris fashion week. The elegant crystal runway in Paris perfectly complimented Karl Lagerfeld's creations just as Glasstorm's trophies complimented the PLC 2011 award ceramony held at the Grosvernor House Hotel in London on 1st March 2012.
13 March 2012
On 12.02.12 the second bottle of the Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve was auctioned at The Honourable Artillery Company in London. This bottle made a massive £44,000 and the proceeds went to Glenfiddich’s chosen charity Walking With The Wounded.
The charity, who has Prince Harry as its patron, was set up to support in the re-training and re-educating of injured servicemen and women. Glenfiddich is lead sponsor of Walking With The Wounded’s forthcoming Everest 2012 Expedition and the team of wounded servicemen embarking on this challenge attended the auction to witness the bidding and final sale.
01 February 2012
Glasstorm had the pleasure of again working with William Grant and Sons Ltd to produce a very special bottle of whisky to honour a very special lady. The Glenfiddich Janet Sheed Roberts Reserve – one of the rarest single malt Scotch whiskies ever distilled at the Dufftown distillery was created to celebrate her 110th birthday. Mrs Roberts is William Grant’s granddaughter and also the oldest living person in Scotland.
Each of the beautiful hand blown bottles has 24ct Gold adorning its neck and front. The stopper which consists of an aquamarine Cloisonné medallion monogrammed in gold with Mrs Roberts initials was made by Thomas Fattorini’s.
There are only 15 of these bottles in the world. 11 bottles, one for every decade of Mrs Roberts life, are to be auctioned off with the remaining 4 staying in the family. The first auction took place at Bonham’s in Edinburgh on 14th December and became a world record breaker. Estimated to reach £30,000 the bottle actually sold for £46,850, the highest price a bottle of whisky has ever made at auction. All of the proceeds from the auction are going to WaterAid, a charity especially chosen by Glenfiddich. We at Glasstorm are proud to have been part of the process that helped raise such a large amount of money for such a worthy charity.
03 October 2011
The new set of Loose Women also has Carol Vorderman as the new host. So far our vases have appeared behind guests such as Pamela Anderson, Kerry Katona, John Barrowman and Joan Collins. This will make three major TV shows that our work have appeared in, Celebrity Scissor Hands and Big Brother being the other two.
Brodie Nairn and Nichola Burns have established Glasstorm as a hot glass studio and company that produces exquisite bespoke and unique pieces that are showcased in museums and galleries around the world. Glasstorm’s own gallery displays the work of both Artists and their collaborative collection. The couple have over 40 years’ experience in glass design and making between them and have lived and worked in many countries to perfect their techniques and knowledge of glass.
In recent years Glasstorm has collaborated with designers on a number of high profile media projects, one of these designers being Markus Blee which they have held a long working relationship with over many years.
The Whisper vases and Speech Bubbles that appear on ITV’s daytime programme Loose Women is one such collaboration between Blee and Glasstorm. These stunning vases are produced individually with many hours of work going into them and they would sit comfortably in both a gallery and a home. Each limited edition vase in this collection is priced at £500.
For a chance to win one of these vases purchase tell us how many vases you can see on the new set of Loose Women? Send your answer to:
Glasstorm Whisper Vase Competition, C/O Editorial Department, Ross-shire Journal, Docharty Road, Dingwall IV15 9UG
06 September 2011
Glasstorm is delighted to announce that it has been involve once again with Markus Blee and his creative team this time with the New look of ITV hit show LOOSE WOMEN.
Markus approached Glasstorm last month about producing some glass products for the shows brand new set .
Dotted around the set are beatutiful large whisper vases these can be seen behind the new anchor Carol Vorderman and her guests.
Following the theme of loose lips and hot gossip are giant glass blown speech bubbles hanging in the air above the invited guests .
Pink fushia feathery stripes are seen in the glasswork and give the work a scene of movement a little like whispers on the wind.
02 September 2011
Describe your work…
My work is inspired by many things in the natural world - the beautiful lines of the human body, the intriguing structures of a seed casing, pebbles or rocks worn away by the sands of time, sunlight bouncing of the cracks of a frozen loch.
I am also fascinated by light. It plays such an important role in the work. Glass eats light and yet also empowers light. It can be dark and mysterious or colourful and radiant, hard and sharp but also soft and smooth, cold and rough or hot and slippery, and after many years it still enchants me.
I begin by blowing sensual ‘pod like forms’ that explore tension and balance. I then cut through the glass to reveal its inner space. This dissected work creates a window into another world where dancing curves and open spaces contrast and unite. I then mark the outside of the glass in a variety of ways so as to create different surface textures.
Over the next five years I have plans to launch new designer works in one off bespoke Jewellery.
My designs are…
Whether I design something as a functional object or a piece of art, I always make sure it is something I’d be happy to have in my own home.
My biggest influence is…
Three Women: my mother – she gave me my self-belief; my fiancé - she is my partner in life and business , a beautiful and amazing woman and my best friend , and my 15 month old daughter whose great spirit of adventure in everything that she does .
I wish I had designed…
The Aalto vase. It’s by the legendary Finnish Designer Alvar Aalto and was launched at the1937 World fair in Paris. We pay homage to the spirit of this vase in our Glasstorm Wavy vase available at our on line shop.
If I could exhibit anywhere in the world it would be…
It would be very cool to exhibit at MoMa in New York
I have two favourite buildings at the moment: Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing , aka the Water Cube. Both challenge the way we think about what a building should look like and both employ light and space in a magical way.
Is hot ,smooth ,sharp ,rough ,cold ,fragile ,hard ,liquid ,sexy. It is everywhere ,but I have chosen to work with it because it is beautiful ,complex, pure and an enchanting material which plays with light and I never get bored with it.
25 August 2011Our TV career is going strong as our Droplet vases appear on Super Nanny Jo Frost's new Channel 4 program 'Extreme Parental Guidance.' Droplet vases adorn her living room set on her roadshow journey through the country.
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