Tell us about yourself!
My name is Caroline O’Connor and I live in Essex, England. My background prior to glass was as a product developer for Fashion & Textiles. I began working with glass in 2014 and graduated with an MA in Glass 2016 under the glass mentorship of Colin Webster at the University of the Creative Arts in Farnham in Surrey.
What draws you to the material you work with, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
Playing with glass in its molten state is quite hypnotic, magical and addictive. During my degree, I focused on blown glass and coldworking in monochromatic shades to mirror the vision of the blind & dolphins. I recently discovered optical glass and the wonderful world of dyes whilst taking a scholarship class with Martin Rasol & Tomo Sakai at Corning and am starting to explore this in my current work.
What themes do you pursue in your work?
The context of my work to date has been to question human perceptions of disability and our own centric view of intelligence. Exploring the extraordinary abilities of dolphins to see through objects with sound led to a hypothesis of possible pictorial communication in dolphins. The clear benefits to human’s that use sound to see have been pioneered by Daniel Kish at World Access for the Blind. ‘A Sea of Horns’ is an installation piece which is a metaphor to help the public ‘see through sound’. The horns in my work are a representative symbol of sound in its primitive form to raise awareness of our free ability to echolocate when blind.
What is your dream project?
I would like to do a glass installation in an old church ruin or graveyard.
If you weren’t working in this field, what career would you choose?
Marine Biologist or Sound Healing. There is a lot more to be discovered within this field in relation to its healing effects on diseases such as cancer with targeted high frequencies.
What’s something about you that most people don’t know?
My best ideas come in lucid dreams. I am very interested in the conscious and unconscious mind states.
Why are you a member of GAS?
I joined GAS in 2014 after a visit to Corning Glass Studio. The United States is a melting pot for glass artists across the globe to come together and merge diverse techniques in a highly supportive atmosphere.