Dylan Thomas Glass and Poetry Competition

I’m very happy to have been selected for an upcoming exhibition soon to be opened in Swansea and then further afield as part of an International Poetry and Glass Award. A rigorous selection process whittled 66 entries down to 21 and I am delighted to be one of them, not least because I loved making this panel…..

Dylan Thomas’ richly textured poetry is deeply immersive and often provokes, in me, a response both melancholic and joyous in equal measure.

This panel references themes and imagery found in Thomas’ work and seeks to express this sense of being simultaneously compelled and unsettled via the suggestion of unresolved storytelling.

Details of the exhibition, courtesy of the University of Wales, Trinity St David’s website can be found below with more information about the premise of the award and exhibition.

Rachel Phillips
‘Of Joy and Melancholy’ Dylan Thomas Panel 2014

The Dylan Thomas International Glass Award

Swansea has a long history in the field of glass. The course founder, Howard Martin was invited in 1935 to run an evening class at what was then Swansea Art College, two years after he and his cousin Hubert Thomas had successfully set up the firm of Martin & Thomas. After the war the course developed into the Architectural Stained Glass Department and has prospered ever since. The University’s Swansea School of Glass has an international reputation and practitioners from around the world are invited to participate in this competition.

HARMONY : A creative brief

Glass artists worldwide are invited to submit designs for a 40cm x 40cm decorative or stained glass panel in response to the word “Harmony”. During May 2014, a judging panel will shortlist works to be exhibited at Swansea Waterfront Museum in July 2014. At the opening a prize award of £1000 will be presented to the winner with the panel being exhibited for the next year at the Dylan Thomas Centre and then becoming part of the Swansea School of Glass Collection.

All of the work exhibited will form part of a centenary catalogue with a view to a subsequent publication celebrating both of these international awards. It is anticipated that the winning artist and poet will be invited to be commissioned by the University for a combined piece of work as an on-going tribute to Dylan Thomas.

The Warm Glass Prize

Following some experimentation with introducing frit work to my autonomous glasspainting, I’ve entered a piece into the 2014 warm Glass Prize into the Other Glass Category  which you can see here on the Warm Glass Website….RACHEL PHILLIPS : The Glass Prize.  The piece explores using a low relief surface and is linked to my interest in carving, sculpture and surface deterioration. It’s a long way from my more detailed glass painting but just as exciting and satisfying and hopefully the start of a body of work,- hence putting it out there…..!


It’s encouraging to see so many people using glass  in so many ways and for there to be opportunities to show and see it thanks to Warm Glass in this instance- do go and have a look around to see some great work. Check out  Linda Norris’ entries in the Bullseye and Schools categories.