Tait presented this lecture on Friday June 21, 2013 in Portland as part of BECon 2013: CHROMA-CULTURE.
Above Us Only Sky
"Some places on earth can make you feel very small indeed, while at the same time filling every ounce of you with the boundless possibilities of being alive. I have been fortunate enough to find such a place: North Lands Creative Glass." Louise Tait outlines what makes this center of excellence in glass in the Scottish Highlands so special for artists who visit from around the world. She'll also explore how the color, light, landscape, air, and history of the setting have shaped her and her work.
Louise Tait works primarily in kilnformed glass from her studio in rural Renfrewshire, Scotland. Formerly a current affairs journalist working in TV, radio and newspapers, Tait draws parallels between her past work where "contrasting lives and events was a major feature of my daily routine" and her present search for the contrasts between known and unknown, light and shade, rough and smooth. A longtime board member of North Lands Creative Glass, Tait has studied with many of the world's great glass masters and has shown her work in group exhibitions at Portland's Bullseye Gallery.