Dr Max Stewart is a sculptor who explores imagery through the medium of glass. Working in the ancient technique of pâte de verre (translated as ‘pastes of glass’) Stewart challenges the viewer to step inside the object and become the participant. By doing so the viewer encounters the space between what he sees and what he thinks he sees. The colours and surface treatments of his glass are created during the kiln forming process at around 800o C using traditional metallic salts and oxides. Much of Stewart’s practice is research led and is informed by processes that are akin to scientific enquiry. His practice is also derived from the techniques and methodology of the French pâte de verre artist Amalric Walter (1870-1959) that have become central to his work.
Stewart recently completed his doctorate at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art. It was the first joint PhD between those two institutions.
Before turning to glass in 2000 Stewart worked in animation as a production designer chiefly at the BBC and Channel 4 (UK).
- Stewart, M. (2011) Sculpting in Glass: Amalric Walter, Glass Circle News, Vol 34 No.1 pp 14-16, Ed, Jane Dorner. ISSN 2942-652.
- Stewart, M. (2010) When Light Congeals Into Matter, The Glass Art Society, 2010 Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, pp79-81. ISBN 0278-9426.
- Stewart M., Cummings K. R. (2007) The Amalric Walter Research Project, AHRC/University of Wolverhampton. ISBN 978-0-9536957-1-2.
- 2010 Conference paper: When Light Congeals Into Matter, Glass Arts Society 40th Annual Conference 2010, Louisville, Kentucky, USA.
- 2009 Conference paper: The Sense of My Screaming Skin. Annual Scottish Glass Society Conference.
- 2008 Conference paper: The Sense of My Screaming Skin. ‘Parallels and Connections’, University of Sunderland, UK.
- 2007 Conference paper: When Light Congeals into Matter, ‘See What You Think’, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh.
- 2006 Invited panelist public debate ‘What is Pâte de Verre?’, International Festival of Glass, Broadfield House Glass Museum.
- Craftsense: Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, West Midlands,
- ECA Glass Students Exhibition: 400th Anniversary of Scottish Glass Conference,
- The Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh,
- British Glass Biennale: The Ruskin Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands,
- Take 30: 30th Anniversary Exhibition, Broadfield House Glass Museum Kingswinford, West Midlands,
- Migrate: Scottish Glass Society Annual Members’ Show, Perth Museum and Broadfield House Glass Museum,
- Glass Routes: Bilston Craft Gallery, Bilston, West Midlands and The Peter Layton Gallery, The Leather Market, London,
- Premise: PhD Student Exhibition, The Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh,
- A Glass Menagerie:The pates-de-verre of Amalric Walter (1870-1959) part showing a display of research findings, Broadfield House Glass Museum and National Glass Centre, Sunderland,
- Three Artists: Clare Gallery, Matakana, New Zealand,
- 900o and Guests: Tamarillo Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand,
- New Zealand Society of Artists in Glass (NZSAG) Members’ Show: GAS Conference, Adelaide, Australia,
- No Earthly Ships: Glasswork on a Sea Theme: Waiheke Art Gallery, Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand,
- Contemporary New Zealand Glass: Uxbridge Art Gallery, Howick, New Zealand,
- On the Periphery: Gillian Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand,
- New Works by Six Glass Artists: Artstation, Auckland, New Zealand,
- The Ring: The Making of a Film: The National Film Archive, Wellington and The Edge, The Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand.
Awards for Animation
- The Ring: Prix de Basle:The European Broadcast Union Special Jury Prize for the Most Significant Contribution to European Culture in the Year 2000.
- Petrushka: BAFTA Nomination; Finalist Banff Television Festival, Canada.
- The Happy Prince: The Japan Prize Finalist; Prix de Jeunesse Finalist
- The Number Crew: BAFTA Nomination; Royal Television Society Nomination.
- The Happy Prince: International EMMY Nomination; BAFTA Nomination; British Animation Awards Nomination.
- Living Proof: Royal Television Society Award for Best Educational Programme.
- Fourways Farm: The George Forster Peabody Award (USA).
- Fourways Farm: The Japan Prize; Chemical Industries Award; International EMMY Nomination.