James MaskreyBorn: 1967
Place of Birth: Surrey
James Maskrey started working with glass in 1990. He originally trained as an apprentice and subsequently worked for 7 years at a hot glass studio in Dorset. In 1997 he embarked on a three dimensional design degree in glass at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey. After graduating in 2000 he was appointed as Artist in Residence at the University. In 2001 James joined the Glass and Ceramics department at The University of Sunderland and in 2002 he started his Masters in glass at the University, graduating in 2004. James continues to work for the University.
"I use predominantly hot glass to create factual and imagined objects that often take the form of individual pieces or collections of curiosities. Inspiration comes from many sources. Personal experiences, peculiar facts, elaborate hoaxes and voyages of discovery, all help to inform whilst a passion for both traditional craft skills and innovative new technologies plays an important part in the execution of the work." James Maskrey.
In May 2012, the Crafts Council, UK acquired a piece of James’ work for their permanent collection.
Other Public Collections include:
Victoria & Albert Museum, London; National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh; Perth Museum and Art Gallery, UK; North Lands Creative Glass, Caithness, UK; The Captain Cook Memorial Museum, UK; Manchester Metropolitan University, UK; Crystallex Collection, Czech Republic