My college was connected to the Central School of Art by a light-filled corridor.  I struggled through my academic study while on the other side of the corridor lay its antithesis, where I experimented with watercolour, ceramics and performance. 

My glass may start as a chalk sketch on the studio floor but as soon as the process starts, it changes, allowing a bloom in mass and colour.  It is a real time reward, sometimes producing the extraordinary and sometimes the mundane, as all improvised art can do.

I’ve learnt that molten glass has form and memory so, while it can be shaped, it takes on a form of its own from the outset which I strive to enhance and display.

My studio is now based in Stroud where myself and my wife became engaged in the vibrant and down to earth arts and craft scene. We found this lovely space on the edge of the village high up overlooking the confluence of the Toadsmoor and other streams, sharp forested valley sides and Lypiatt manor in the distance. The view is breath taking.

Apart from the rural position Stroud has all manner of crafts people using spaces in the old mills as workshops. I have been privileged to be able to get special stamps and hangers fabricated in some of these.

1st to 9th May 2021 – Kingham Lodge, West End, Kingham, OX7 6YL

14th to 20th of July 2021 – The Gardens Gallery, Montpellier, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1UX

2011 – Peter Layton's Gallery, The Sky Room in Bermondsey

Nigel Calvert Studio
Stroud, Gloucestershire
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