Laura is a professional glassblower currently studying for her MA in Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art as well as working at London Glassblowing, the prestigious glassblowing gallery in Bermondsey Street, London.
She studied glass at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, graduating in 2008. After a two month session at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, she went on to work at LoCo Glass, gaining a scholarship to the Fresh Air Sculpture Show in 2010. She began working at London Glassblowing shortly afterwards.
Laura’s fascination for glass as a creative medium stems from its capacity to constantly alter her initial thoughts and expectations. The spontaneity of the hot material demands instant visual judgments that give rise to shifts in her ideas. These allow her to make tangible her explorations of volume, scale and the random interplay of forms. Serendipity and the unexpected often point the way to the next starting point for making.
An element of Laura's inspiration is the Italian technique, Incalmo, the joining together, whilst still hot, of two separately blown glass bubbles to form one piece. When cold, the fluidity of these objects is interrupted by cutting to expose voids which enable the viewer to see both the internal and exterior spaces. The varying thickness of glass and polished angled surfaces create ever-changing effects of light and shadow, a characteristic that is exploited to create an environment of illusion. Laura’s work is an invitation to engage with the tranquil beauty of the incidental.