Laura Birdsall is one of the few glass artists to have been selected for all three of the British Glass Biennale Exhibitions at Stourbridge as part of the International Festival of Glass. That classy pedigree is echoed in her impressive list of awards and international exhibitions. While completing her Masters degree in ceramics and glass at the Royal College of Art she was awarded the Charlotte Fraser Prize which goes to the best work in progress. In 2006 she won the Best Newcomer award in the prestigious Bombay Sapphire Prize which toured to New Zealand, France and Italy. Her work has also been seen in Switzerland, Estonia and Holland.
“I am constantly fascinated by small details in nature, a tiny seed pod, a beach pebble or the edge of a fish’s fin, which was the starting point for these vessels.
The exterior and rim are meticulously hand carved, then sandblasted and acid dipped to create a soft, tactile surface. This subtly contrasts with the glassy interior.
Each piece is hand blown. As it is being made, the hot glass is soft and luminous and I try to preserve these qualities in the finished piece.
Often the decoration in my work is integral to the form, the only addition being layers of colour inside the glass. This layering of opaque and transparent colours gives each piece a rich and vibrant depth which makes the most of the ever changing play of natural light available”.