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Coventry artist Adam hits the mark with Herbert Art Gallery

Shaun Reynolds 19th May, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A COVENTRY artist is making great strides in his field after having his work displayed for the second time at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Adam Hussain specialises in kiln-formed glass where temperatures in creating his work can reach 800 degrees celsius.

The 41-year-old, who completed a degree in contemporary crafts at Coventry University in 2008, currently has his latest piece ‘Three Spires’ on display at the gallery until Sunday (June 12).

Adam explained ‘Three Spires’ has been created from glass sheets and 1mm glass stringers, or rods.

Once he constructed the abstract cityscape, Adam placed the art work into the kiln where the glass sheets and stringers fuse together.

His kiln is then slowly reduced to room temperature with the end result being a smooth tablet of glass.

The artist said: “I was always creative as a kid and initially wanted to be a chef but when I reached the age of 29 I decided I wanted a career change.

“I enjoyed art at school and completed bits of work in my own time and simply loved working with glass.

“In my final year of my degree I invested in a studio and from there I’ve been creating my own bits of art which has attracted the attention of people around the world – the support really does amaze me.”

His work is part of the 2016 Coventry Open where the Herbert Art Gallery showcases a variety of art and crafts from talented local artists.

The Chapelfields resident added: “Glass is my field and this is the second time I’ve had my work selected for the open.

“My work this year features some of the iconic scenes of Coventry such as the Cathedral, West Orchards and other parts of the inner ring road.

“I’ve had work displayed in Paris, London and New York before – a client in New York actually saw my work in Manchester, it’s quite amazing how a piece of work can capture the imagination of people.

“Some people will buy my work as a decorative item others will use bowls I create for salads or fruit bowls and some simply as a collectors item.

“I’m in the process of moving studios to Birmingham, though I’ll keep the studio at the back of my garden – the only thing moving in the kiln.

“I now want to take my work to the next level and make further strides in selling, creating and displaying.”