Aline Johnson Glass Design will definitely capture your attention!

Aline works mostly on site specific glass lighting commissions in collaboration with architects, interior- and lighting-designers. She also designs and produces exclusive kilnformed glass vessels and platters.

The Tutton and Young Team Interviewed Aline to find out more about her craft:

How and when did you want to be a maker and how did you start to realise that aim.

"I aspired to be a maker from a very young age, mimicking my parents creative endeavours in the shape of making mini furniture with my dad for my barbies and sewing-knitting tiny clothes with my mum. I knew I wanted to work in the creative industries and I studied fashion design in Holland. After a career in fashion in Italy, Holland and England, I became interested in glass and mosaics. I later studied glass at postgraduate level at Central St. Marinʼs. I set up a studio at Cockpit Arts Holborn in 2001 and moved studios to Tufnell Park in 2017."

Who did you learn from, who inspires you?

"I learned from my parents (father was an art teacher)and teachers at art college but I mostly drew inspiration from my work travels to India and China and the people I worked with. I started my fashion career working for Fiorucci in Milan and was very much inspired by Missoni in the 90ties. I worked freelance for several fashion companies and started an independent knitwear label that was going to be sold through Fiorucci in Italy and Sissy-Boy in Holland."

What currently inspires you and which other artists do you admire and why?

"Since living in Italy I very much admire everything to do with mosaic and glass and was very much inspired by Venini Glass. They are a traditional Murano glass blowing company that have worked with a lot of north european glass designers to create a contemporary collection. I really admire Dale Chihuly as a glass blower for his colourful mind-blowing creations in glass and Amanda Simmons for her amazing patterned kilnformed glass in the shape of drop out platters and vessels. At the moment I am working on kilnformed drop out vessels in stripes that can be used as vessels or as lampshades. I love working on large chandelier concepts to create statement pieces."

What is your chosen medium and what are your techniques ? Tell us a bit about your process and what environment you like to work in?

"I work with kilnformed fused glass and specifically a drop out technique. It involves creating a thick slab of fused glass, that is slumped through an opening to create the stretched drop out vessel. Timing is very accurate and you have to watch the glass stretch in the kiln at top temperature and cool it of as soon as the right shape has been created. It is very hands on and I love the fact that glass can be manipulated in a semi liquid molten state. I have introduced lighting to my glass as it optimises the beauty of this translucent medium, and adds another dimension to the art form. It also has added value as lighting is not just seen as unnecessary luxury, more as an art form with benefits."

How has your work developed since you began and how do you see it evolving in the future?

"I love working with interior designers and private clients on lighting commissions for homes. We really work together on concept and colours and make a site specific collaboration in the shape of a chandelier or stairwell feature, or wall lighting. I work with lighting designers who keep me informed of the latest LED developments and supply me with the right components."

Which book would you recommend as inspiration?

"No books, just turn nature for inspiration and you can find all you will be looking for. The Japanese have a habit of ‘immersing in greeneryʼ for health reasons, to reset and recharge your inner battery."