Milk Bottle Engravings by Charlotte Hughes-Martin
Milk Bottle Engravings by Charlotte Hughes-Martin. British artist Charlotte Hughes-Martin, resident of Stourbridge, West Midlands (UK) buys bottles at a local shop and makes beautiful engravings inside of them. She said: “Reaction to this milk bottle project has come as a bit of a shock to me. I have been engraving milk bottles with various different images and leaving them on random doorsteps. I like the idea of finding Art in unusual places”.
Charlotte Hughes-Martin’s statement:
I like the idea of finding Art in unusual places. It’s happened to me a few times, and when I get to see these special sights it makes me feel privileged, like I’ve been trusted with a really excellent secret, or I’ve been chosen for something exciting that most people don’t grasp. I wanted to make others feel the same way. Be it the person who notices this bottle on their doorstep, or the milkman, or the dairy worker who wonders what’s going on, or the “chav” walking past and seeing an empty milk bottle that they want to steal! I like the idea of making people do a double take when they notice something new.
Since finding glass as a medium I have enjoyed the physicality of the process of making. Though it can sometimes be a struggle, glass offers the opportunity for an artist to truly make their mark, and I love this about Glass but it is my thought process which I truly value. I am as likely to get inspiration watching an infomercial as visiting an Art Gallery and it is this desire to match the ordinary with the ornate which seems to sum up my work.