Kate Maestri, award winning architectural glass artist

London based artist Kate Maestri specialises in the innovative use of contemporary architectural glass. She works to commission in collaboration with architects and engineers across a wide range of site-specific projects.

Her work explores the use of structural and three-dimensional, contemporary stained glass. The intent is to create an environment in which the colour, light and form of sculptural glass works in harmony with the architecture.

Recent projects include a curved glass wall for a major commercial development in Portman Square, London, a stained glass atrium for Liverpool John Moores University and a glass pedestrian bridge for the new Wolverhampton Travel Interchange.

Previous commissions have included a ten-storey glass tower for Wilton Plaza, London, a curved glass balustrade running through the main concourse of the Sage, Gateshead and a stained glass pavilion for the Environment Agency in Bristol.

Clients include Land Securities, British Land, the Kings Fund, NHS Trusts and local authorities, and she has collaborated with such architects as Jestico + Whiles, Foster + Partners and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

Kate Maestri's work is in the tradition of Josef Albers and those who have followed on afterwards in the exploration of interactive colours.”

A.Moor, Colours of Architecture-Coloured Glass in Contemporary Buildings

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  • Title

    Untitled:
    Lamberts Glass and Perspex, 900mm x 150mm

    Exhibition

    Circus Gallery, London

    Date

    2010
  • Kate Maestri's work is inspired by architecture; that is clear in the shapes of the cityscapes she creates in her glass, but it is her own physical and emotional response to the building as sculpture in the landscape, that is translated into her work. Standing in front of one of Maestri's pieces is a powerful and intense experience; she has the ability shared with Anish Kapoor of making thin air into a physical entity, of engaging the viewer so thoroughly that they are bound up in the relationship between themselves and her glass. In her gallery pieces viewers become like 'borrowers' in a floating colour landscape, able to move in and around it.

    Her newest pieces are based on her frequent walks past the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate and the Royal National Theatre. Working from her own photos she collages over the structure to create patterns and shapes that give a strong flavour of the building. Using traditional hand-blown glass cooled on tin plates, she creates 3D stained glass in which the colour seems to float without boundaries or framework.

  • Kate Maestri has a prodigious reputation amongst architects for her extensive and successful collaboration on projects like the Sage Music Centre in Gateshead with Foster and Partners. She thrives on such partnerships finding them intensely stimulating. Maestri's site specific installations interact with her gallery pieces, which often act as maquettes or developmental sketches for subsequent projects. At whatever scale Maestri's pared down work is deceptively simple for the intensity of experience it provokes.

    Corinne Julius - journalist and design and applied arts critic.

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