bluebellies

BlueBellies

glass, 28x25x10cm

goldbelly

GoldBelly

glass, 28x25x18cm

blackbellytrio

BlueBellies

glass, 28x25x10cm

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Bellybottles/Baby Bellies - (Warm Series)

glass, 16x12x12cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Bellybottles/Baby Bellies - (Warm Series)

glass, 16x12x12cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Bellybottles/Baby Bellies - (Warm Series)

glass, 16x12x12cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Bellybottles/Baby Bellies - (Warm Series)

glass, 16x12x12cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

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Big Red and Bellybottle/Baby Belly (Warm Series)

glass, 36x30x20cm and 16x12x12cm
Photographer, Rory Moore

glass/gloine

Paula Stokes

Paula Stokes is strongly influenced by Scandinavian and American design. Attention to form, line, texture, functionality and use of colour are central to her practice. Collages created through printmaking are the starting point for her finished glass forms, providing her with the opportunity to explore colour combinations and composition.

Her making process often involves using a team of people for extra large work. A dense concentration of colour, or overlay is applied to a clear bubble and allowed to cool. Layers of clear glass are gathered over the overlay before air is blown in to the bubble. Once there is enough volume, the bubble is sculpted using heat, gravity, compression and momentum. She deliberately makes off-centre work resulting in organic and gestural forms. Sandblasting of the surface alters the finish, making it look soft and pliable.

Stokes graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a Bachelor of Design in 1991. She specialised in printmaking at the University of Washington and was awarded the Milnora Roberts Scholarship for Academic Excellence in 2005. She regularly instructs and teaches glassblowing in schools and colleges in the USA and Ireland. She is currently based in Seattle, USA.

Collections

National Museum of Ireland
Department of Foreign Affairs

Selected Awards

2006 Points of Reference, Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seattle, USA

Selected Exhibitions

Group Exhibitions and Fairs

2014
Into the Field, The Model Contemporary Art Centre, Sligo, Ireland
2013
Future Beauty?, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny and Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin
           Founders’ Show, Method, Seattle, WA
           Icon, Brown Thomas/DCCoI, Dublin
           Solomon at Lyons, Solomon Gallery, Kildare, Ireland
2012
Shift, SHIFT Gallery, Seattle, USA
          
Sure It Will Be Alright, Solomon Gallery, Dublin
          
Irish Craft Portfolio, RHA, Dublin
          
Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, USA
          
COLLECT, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
          
G8, Winston Wachter Gallery, Seattle, USA
2011
Intersection, SHIFT Gallery, Seattle, USA
          
Vitreography and Paintings on Glass, SAM Gallery, Seattle, USA
          
Glass Divas, Attic Gallery, Jerpoint, Kilkenny
          
Engaging with Glass, Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
          
S21st Century Irish Craft, National Museum of Ireland, Dublin
          
Illuminate; Contemporary Irish Glass, Kenny Gallery, Galway
          
North South East West, Era Living, Seattle, USA
2010
Relativity of Color, SHIFT Gallery, Seattle, USA
          
Featured Artists, SAM Gallery, Seattle, USA
          
New Work: 3 Puget Sound Artists, Alexis Hotel, Seattle, USA
          
A Look Back, Viscosity Glass Gallery, Seattle, USA
          
Resident Aliens, Center on Contemporary Art, Seattle, USA
          
Sea Shift, Fayetteville Underground, Arkansas, USA
2009
Boston Printmakers Biennial, Boston, USA
         
Sea Shift, G Gallery, Houston, USA
         
Contemporary Makers, Attic Gallery, Jerpoint, Kilkenny
2008
New Members’ Show, SHIFT Gallery, Seattle, USA
2007
Wild Geese: The Irish in America, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
         
Pratt / Pilchuck Show, Pratt Fine Arts Center Gallery, Seattle, USA
          4 x Abstraction, Art Patch Gallery, Seattle, USA
2006
SPA Group Show, Center of Contemporary Art, Seattle, USA
         
Plugged in and Caffeinated, Columbia City Gallery, Seattle, USA
2005
North by Northwest, Kala Institute, Berkeley, USA
         
Works on Paper, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, USAy
         
BFA Show, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, USA
         
Pratt Instructors’ Show, Rainier Club, Seattle, USA
         
Group Show, Recovery Café, Seattle, USA
         
A Common Language, Shenzhen Art Institute, China

Contact Details:

Paula Stokes
1125 8TH Avenue West
Seattle, WA
98119
USA

T. +12 06 285 9886
E. paula_stokes@hotmail.com
www.paulastokes.com