Joseph Harrington (b.1979) is a sculptor working predominantly in cast glass. He graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2006, and won a Crafts Council Development Award in 2007. Joseph has exhibited both nationally and internationally. In 2010 he was selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers exhibition in Edinburgh and London, as well as in the 2012 International Festival of Glass Biennale.
His is represented in the USA by Bullseye Gallery in Portland, Oregon and in the UK by Contemporary Applied Arts, London and The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. He has recently completed commissions for The Ritz Carlton hotel in Hong Kong as well as a large scale sculpture for the new ‘One Kingsway’ development in Westminster, London.
The main principle within his work is to create a sense of time and movement within a permanent object. Joseph has a fascination with turning one thing into another, the reaction of materials and energies acting upon each other. He uses a direct approach with the modelling material to provide an energetic, spontaneous working method and creative mindset. This energy lives on within the work, giving a sense of progression and evolution within a solid permanent form.
He has developed a unique working method using ice as a modeling medium. The ice is eroded and sculpted with salt then cast into glass, capturing a moment in time as the ice is melting. This thawing of ice provides a physical time frame to work within, heightening the importance of artistic judgment and decision-making.