Glass designer and artist, Kalim Afzal, was born in Bradford in 1966 and educated locally. He has travelled widely across Europe and his work, ‘Fountain’ (1996), now in the permanent collection of Bradford Museums and Galleries (see image below), was inspired by the fountains he saw in formal gardens in Italy and Spain. He used a traditional Swedish glass-making technique, graal, to create his work, which allowed for the fusing of two colours.
Other work has also been exhibited at Cartwright Hall: the 2002 ‘Chandrika: Silver Ornaments of India’ Exhibition; and at the Sheffield Millennium Galleries, in 2006, he co-created (with Farhad Ahraima) a contemporary glass installation – ‘Through a Glass Brightly’ – for the ‘Palace and Mosque: Islamic Treasures of the Middle East’ Exhibition. Kalim has also tutored at the International Glass Centre.
Kalim Afzal talks about his work at Responses to Islamic Art