Carrie Fertig

Mike Turzanski




Carrie Fertig is a maker specialising in flameworked glass from her Edinburgh studio. She makes lighting that doubles as a musical instrument echoing her sound installations. Chandeliers are comprised of hundred of glass icicles and can be gently played because all the glass she uses is borosilicate. This glass is made for science to withstand stress, pressure, and extremes of temperature, and is extremely hardy. Glass sheep feature often too, in sculptures ranging from table-top to larger than life-size, two of which are in the permanent collection of The Roslin Institute, where Dolly the sheep was cloned. The sheep are inspired by Scottish history and landscape, but mostly by human behaviour.

Carrie's practice is interdisciplinary and includes film, performance, and installations. Her performance company Torcher Chamber Arkestra makes music; all the instruments are glass, and she makes new instruments during the performance. Live percussion is mixed with live electronics, and sound design.

She exhibits, performs, and teaches internationally. She loves collaborating, with clients, fellow makers, and students. Much of her work is interactive. You might not be able to fit her monumental artworks in your house, but you can often get a small piece of them.


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