While studying geology at the University of Edinburgh, Hannah Gibson became fascinated by mineralogy and the reactions between various elements, metals and compounds. This led towards a passion for the alchemy of glass – she has a BSc in Geology and more recently completed an MA in glass, staying on at UCA’s Farnham as Artist in Residence for 2018-19.
At the core of Hannah’s work is a focus on capturing the nostalgic imagery of childhood and exposing hidden narratives, through cast sculptural glass. By keeping the shape of the glass figures she creates the same, her focus can shift to materiality.
Sweet Nothings are a series of unique cast glass figures, usually found in pairs, whispering ‘Sweet Nothings’ to one another. What are they whispering? ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.’ (Dr Seuss, The Lorax).
After two decades of working with glass her current project allows Hannah to interweave glass, sustainability, recycling, and geology. She takes a scientific approach to the casting process, working alongside colleagues at various universities. She is passionate about sustainability and recycling, using only 100% recycled glass and found objects.