Jonathan Andersson

This website is all about me and my work

My name is Jonathan Andersson, I was born into a family of glassmakers.  I remember visiting my dad at the factory (Whitefriars), where I would spend  Saturdays helping out. I also recall visiting  my  grandad in both Denmark and Sweden.   Beyond that I have to trust in the birth and death certificates which certify  that glass has been in my family for 7 generations.

So for me glass is not simply a material , its part of a tradition and in a way its part of my identity.

Technically speaking glass is mans first synthesized material, that is, its not found in nature.  Of course we don't often think about this and lets face it , most of us take glass pretty much for granted.  Its the stuff we look through to keep the weather out. Or its the thing used to dispense drinks in, despite its fragility.  However the qualities of glass and its history can be fascinating.  I’ve learnt a lot about it but mainly I’m interested in  its use as an artistic medium. 

Ever since I can remember I have had a desire , perhaps a need to make things happen.  I’ve heard it called the “joie de faire”,  the joy of making. 

There is something very primeval, very basic about taking very little and making something .  Creating some-thing from no-thing.  Or taking something which is less than nothing, some waste, some junk and making something beautiful, is a thing of wonder.

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