Laura Birdsall
Artist statement

Laura Birdsall makes blown glass vessels with strong sculptural qualities. Her inspiration is
often some small detail in nature, such as a seed pod or a fish's fin. Continuing themes in her work are the relationship between the interior and
exterior of a vessel and decoration that is integral to the form. Many pieces have an intensely worked exterior surface and rim. This is
achieved by meticulous and time consuming cutting, by hand, using a traditional lathe. Each unique piece is then sandblasted and acid dipped to create a soft satin texture, which is beautifully tactile.

As a maker she experiences the hot material as soft and luminous and she trys to preserve these qualities in the finished work. By layering transparent and opaque colours, she creates vibrant and translucent objects that change with
natural light, through the day.

Laura is a glass artist based in beautiful North Yorkshire. She gained valuable experience in workshops around the country before completing an MA at The Royal College of Art. Graduating in 2006 she won 'Best Newcomer' in the Bombay Sapphire Prize, which toured France, Italy and New Zealand. In 2007 Laura undertook a residency, funded by the Anglo-Swedish society at
Konstfack College of Arts, Craft and Design, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Exhibitions include the British Glass Biennale '04, '06, '08 and '12, also Collect, showing with Dan Klein and Adrian Sassoon as part of '40 years of Glass Graduates From the Royal College of Art'. She has exhibited through out Europe and was selected from over 400 international applicants to exhibit at Hawk Galleries, Ohio, as part of B.I.G.G: Breakthrough Ideas in Global Glass, in 2009.
In 2014 she was selected to take part in the prestigious Coberg Glass Prize and The European Museum of Modern Glass has acquired a piece of her work for their permanent collection.

Cocoon Bowls
Blown Glass
Copper H20 x D19 | Turquoise SOLD | Gold 20 x 19
£250 each
To see more of Laura’s work, pop into the gallery or get in touch and we will be happy to supply you with images and details of all the current work.

If you would like to purchase any of Laura’s work, we are happy to offer a mail order service and can accept payment by all major debit and credit cards over the telephone, or via Paypal.

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Interior Landscapes
Blown Glass
Lime H23 x D17 | Turquoise 21 x 14 | Cobalt 19 x 15
£310 each
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Major Exhibition
by Trevor Woods
26 May - 9 June