KEIKI MUKAIDE & STEVEN FOLLEN
Follen’s work is wide-ranging. His time is divided between making experimental, speculative work; more functional, client-based commissions such as design solutions for lights, gateways, public seating and bollards; and site-specific/public art projects including a design commission for Sustrans cycle route, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire. He is probably best known for his wrapped, coiled and intricately built objects and steel vessels. Since 1992 Follen has combined making work with part-time lecturing, principally at Camberwell College of Arts, London and Surrey Institute of Art and Design, Farnham.
Born in Tokyo, Japan, Keiko Mukaide originally trained as a graphic designer. By the early 1980’s her interest in hot glass had grown sufficiently for her to travel to Pilchuck Glass School, USA to take a short course in kiln forming glass. In 1989 Mukaide moved to Britain to start an MA in Ceramic and Glass at the Royal College of Art, London. She exhibits in the UK and abroad and has pieces in a number of national and international collections. In 1998 she was shortlisted for the Jerwood Prize for Applied Arts: Glass. Mukaide has worked as a teacher, lecturer and artist in residence to a number of educational institutions since 1992. She produces works in glass using a variety of techniques. These include traditional processes such as kiln forming and lampworking alongside her own techniques for working with ready-made glass sheet, manufactured for the pharmaceutical industry. Her work ranges from small-scale, experimental items through to large-scale installations.