Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary

Breathe is a glassware collaboration by Bermudian glass artist Jahday Ford and digital programmer Joseph Hillary. Ford is a recent graduate of The Manchester School of Art and specialises in hot glass and mould design. The pair combine recording, digital rendering and wood moulding to create this new concept. Applying seemingly diverse methods into a single product can often backfire, but Ford and Hillary have managed to create a thing of beauty.

Ford is keen to explore new synergies between glass and other materials such as wood, metal, and clay that are made possible by new innovations and, in particular, the forms and textures these interactions create that were previously not possible by the use of traditional techniques. After recording the sound of Ford’s glass blowing into the iron pipe, the audio wave pattern was transferred into a visual stimulus and manipulated into a three-dimensional form. Using a digital programme developed by Hillary, a beech-wood mould was created using a CNC router to accurately mill the desired shape. The super-heated glass was then poured into and shaped by the moulds’ inner contours. As the glass cools, unique patterns and striations are created on its surface effectively creating a one-of-a-kind object that is frozen in time..

Breathe was a finalist in Liberty’s Open Call 2018 and in conjunction with this honour was displayed at the Manchester Craft & Design Centre. The work has also been exhibited in galleries around the United Kingdom including New Designers and The National Centre for Craft & Design. It will be on display at Design Junction in September.


Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary

Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Breathe glassware collaboration by Jahday Ford and Joseph Hillary
Images | Ester Segarra Photography

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