Quirky 'blood and bones' exhibition opens at Broadfield

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A QUIRKY and slightly macabre exhibition by an innovative goldsmith turned glass artist has opened at Broadfield House Glass Museum in Kingswinford.

German born Patricia Niemann, who is interested in human fears, anthropology, theatre and all forms of body adornment, is exhibiting jewellery created out of precious metals and hot glass, glass objects, textiles and life drawings at the Compton Drive museum until August 5.

Inspired by working in the remote North Highlands, with its wilderness, harsh weather and funeral archaeology, Patricia’s unusual pieces explore the theme of mortality.

A horned Viking hat in felt, oversized glass bone-shaped pendants and a dragon tooth scarf are among items she has created.

Patricia, a qualified goldsmith and talented artist, took a sideways step into jewellery making, hot metal work and glass making.

Councillor David Stanley, Dudley’s cabinet member for environment and culture, said: “This is rather a break from tradition for Broadfield, which is putting on not just a show by a single artist but a show that extends beyond glass into the realms of life drawing and fabric art.

“It is quite a coup for a Dudley Council museum to be showing such a quirky, groundbreaking exhibition. I hope it will have a wide appeal.”

The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from noon to 4pm. Admission is free.

For more information call 01384 812745 or visit www.glassmuseum.org.uk To find out more about Patricia’s work visit www.patbat.com

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