Frankly, The Folksy Magazine


New Designer… Denise Williams

by Emily. Average Reading Time: about 2 minutes.

Afro Kinky - Denise Williams

Great glass from new designer Denise Williams. Tuck in.

My passion has taken me on a journey of discovery. I am a creative who has always been interested in anything to do with the arts, from painting, sewing, knitting, stained glass & copper foiling to wood working and sculpting, I am most happiest when designing and making something. But glass has drawn and held my interest for many years in addition to ceramics, which has developed to take an equal part in my creative development.

Smoked Fired Porcelain - Denise Williams
Smoked Fired Porcelain - Denise Williams

My work in glass started with a course in 2D stain glass window making and copper foiling, which I liked but prefer to create in a 3D form. I then began a series of courses in kiln formed glass at WAES in Westminster where I obtained a HND in kiln formed glass. From there I went on to study Glass and Ceramic and in 2011 graduated from Bucks New University with a BA(hons) which has culminated into the recent collection of work.

Blue Lagoo - Denise Williams
Blue Lagoo - Denise Williams

The work I do reflects my dual nationality Afro-caribbean- British. The glasswork of which are either blown or cast are bold and colourful, vibrant, strong forms as opposed to the ceramics which are beautifully earthy, warm with soft tonal qualities, tactile pieces which are often layered textures in stoneware or porclain hand built or slipcast, and smoke fired to bring out the nuanced textures of the clay body, the pieces are then sometimes appliqued, printed on burnished and waxed echoing memories of my cultural background.

Afro Kinky - Denise Williams
Afro Kinky - Denise Williams

My aim within my collection is to draw on the wealth of cultural influences that colour my upbringing, to reflect on the rich rough diamonds in the making by use of vivid colours, cultural patterns and strong forms expressing movement and the jovial use of the cultural language that we so readily cast away as being uneducated but very meaningful. At the moment I have embarked on a series of decorative vases, plates and sculptural autonomous instalation which will be in preparation for my next show.

Ackee - Denise Williams
Ackee - Denise Williams

In five years from now, I would like to have created a distinct name for myself, my work be bought, collected and displayed and widely seen as pieces to be collected admired and enjoyed by a large number of people. Have a sustainble client base with a working studio, a stable business which I’d like to support my family, travelling and exhibiting internationally. Finally I’d like to be on my way to giving back some of the wealth of experience and knowledge by way of running small short adult courses.

 

If this has inspired you, check out our gorgeous glass collection on Folksy.