Miami 2016 – Joseph Harrington translated the human and natural process of whisky-making into the bespoke Angels’ Share design craft for Scotch whisky The Glenlivet. The British artist created a limited edition piece experimenting with salt, ice and colour-infused glass to create an exclusive design for the 50 year old The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966.
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“Good whisky means terrific ageing. Ageing means also that during cask maturation, an amount of alcohol evaporates. Those missing drops are called Angels’ Share” Says Joseph Harrington to Archipanic. “The glass sculpture I created for The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 combines Nature and Craftsmanship, man-made and Nature-shaped”.
Angels’ Share was crafted using his unique ‘Lost Ice Process’ – whereby he creates casts for glass from melting ice, using salts to enhance and guide the erosion process. “There is always an element of surprise as you never know how salt and ice will interact or how the colouring melts within the fused glass. You discover it only when you break the cast” says Harrington.
The sculpture also mirrors the dimensions of the intricate cabinet by maker John Galvin that houses The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966. Its colour echoes the rich dark amber of the 50 year old whisky and is set in relief against pale and clear glass to represent both the purity and fluidity of the Livet springs and the ritual of serving Scotch on the rocks.
“The Glenlivet is rooted in place and I was inspired by the pure, natural Livet springs and the volcanic and glacial formed landscape of Speyside and how their elemental roles have helped shape The Glenlivet Winchester Collection Vintage 1966 over 50 years” explains Joseph Harrington.
Harrington is participating in the UK Crafts Council’s new international platform A Future Made curated by interior designer and tastemaker Natalie Miyar. Angels’ Share is on show at 1 Hotel‘s penthouse in Miami during the city’s art ad design week.
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