Title: Small Grey Bellybottle by Paula Stokes
Description: Blown and sandblasted glass sculpture
Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth in inches): 6.5 x 4.5 x 4.5
Retail price USD: $310 + Shipping
Statement about Bellybottles
The relationship among line, form and color is the fundamental focus of this specific body of blown glass work called Bellybottles.
I explore fundamental color theories to create visual harmony. I deliberately make off center work, highlighting the organic nature of molten glass, while capturing its fluidity and freezing its gesture. The forms are plump and luscious. The surface treatment of sandblasting alters the finish, making the work look soft and pliable.
Above all I want my work to be accessible, visually pleasing, and joyful.
About the artist
Paula Stokes graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Ireland with a Bachelor’s Degree (with honors) in Glass Design. She also has a Certificate in Glassmaking and Technology from the Dudley College of Technology, UK. Stokes received the Milnora Roberts Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Printmaking from the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington.
Stokes moved to Seattle in 1993. In 1995 she travelled to Ireland to work on Dale Chihuly’s prestigious Chihuly Over Venice project at Waterford Crystal. Stokes continued to work with Chihuly’s team until 2000, specifically working as a project lead in the construction of his Chandeliers series.
In 1996, together with Róisín de Buitléar, she established a visiting artist program at the National College of Art and Design(NCAD), where professional artists from Seattle worked with the students. Stokes has taught extensively at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Urban Glass, the Seattle Glassblowing Studio, the Pilchuck Glass School, and at NCAD.
As Exhibitions Manager at Pratt Fine Art Center, she curated and staged over 70 exhibitions in sculpture, jewelry, painting and printmaking. In 2012, Stokes facilitated the presentation of Engaging with Glass, a survey of contemporary Irish Glass at Traver Gallery in Tacoma. She also worked on the exhibition of Caution! Fragile by Róisín de Buitléar at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
In 2013, Stokes co-founded the nonprofit gallery METHOD, where she has co-curated over 40 exhibitions featuring site specific installation based art.
Stokes returned to work for Dale Chihuly in 2013 and was the project director of his Ulysses Cylinders, which premiered at Dublin Castle in 2014. She manages Chihuly’s glassblowing studio, in addition to working on special projects.
She has exhibited her own work extensively, with exhibitions including Solas: Light Inspires Glass, Morean Arts Center, Florida (2017), Into The Field, The Model Contemporary Art Center, Sligo (2014), Future Beauty at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny(2013), Critical Selection, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Collect 2012, Saatchi Gallery, London, Engaging with Glass, Traver Gallery, Tacoma, and the Solstice Arts Centre, Co. Meath, Ireland (2011- 2012), Supermarket, Stockholm, Sweden (2012), Transformation, Shift Gallery, Seattle (2012), 21st Century Irish Craft, National Museum of Ireland (2011), and The Wild Geese, Crafts Council of Ireland Gallery, Ireland (2007).
Stokes’ work is included in many collections including the National Museum of Ireland and the Irish Embassies in Brussels and Beijing.
She has been awarded artist’s residencies at the Cill Rialaig Arts Centre, Ballinskelligs, Ireland, and at the Jefferson County Museum of Art and History, Port Townsend, Washington. In late 2019 she will present her installation 1845, a memorial to the Irish Potato Famine during Refract- The Seattle Glass Experience.