Formed from Instinct

Formed from Instinct
Vessel Gallery

Zone 2 - Notting Hill + Holland Park

114 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2PW, UK




Mon-Fri | 11am-5pm


Vessel Gallery presents emerging glass artist Nina Casson McGarva first solo exhibition of glass sculptures. Whilst momentarily malleable, immense planes of hot cast glass are coaxed into life. Imbued with the intensity of their creation, each unique artwork is filled with drama and breathtaking poise.

In her own words;

“The starting point in my work is nature. I take a detail of an element I find in nature and use it as a inspirational base to create my own abstraction, that then builds into a complex sculpture. My inspiration comes from cycles of nature that I associate with glass because to me the material goes through a cycle and is at it's most alive when it’s hot and being transformed. The end result is solid and doesn’t move any longer, it is at the fragile time before disintegration and maintains a dynamic form and rich structures such as dry leaves, feathers or sea shells. In the making process I shape it hot in an open kiln until the glass stops moving. When the glass transforms to be a solid, the piece is finished”