Odd One Out (detail), 2010
Photo: Nick Moss
In the eyes of Hearn, there isn’t an odd one out. His groups of objects are “harmonious families” but also allude to society’s inclination to identify fault in individuality. The group should be seen as a whole, but the title suggests dysfunction to the audience. Odd One Out references individual taste or even prejudice.
This family of liquid glass vessels describes the powerful language of the glassmaker’s craft. Hearn uses the same mouth-blown techniques on a daily basis; the skillful control and manipulation and an innate understanding of this ancient trade are combined to produce thoughtfully considered objects, which challenge the material’s boundaries, and are an extension of his life as a glassmaker.
Born in 1963 in England, Stewart Hearn graduated with a BA (Hons) 3D Design in Glass and Ceramics from Sunderland Polytechnic. During his BA he occasionally assisted Neil Wilkin, Charlie Meaker and Rachael Woodman and established ‘London Glassworks’ in 2002. He has lectured at Buckingham College of Higher Education and has been commissioned to design awards for the BlackBerry Women and Technology Awards (2006), The Edinburgh International Film Festival and The Evening Standard Newspaper. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Crafts Council, London, Nature in Art Museum, Gloucestershire and Standard Life Investments (Art Collection), Edinburgh.