Anglo-Swedish Society Scholar 2007-2008

Laura Birdsall

Glass and Ceramics artist

Glass and Ceramics MA graduate from the Royal College of Art was supported to spend 3 months at Konstfack in Spring 2008. ”found my time at Konstfack incredibly productive –now see that I developed enough work to keep me going for the next 10 years—exciting to see my work through a different cultural filter”.

 

Laura has continued in career since her Konstfack experience, showing exhibitions around the world from France to the United States. Laura is also featured in The European Museum for Modern Glass,as part of the Kunstsammlung der Veste Coburg public collection.

 

“I make blown glass vessels with strong sculptural qualities.
My inspiration is often some small detail in nature, such as a seed pod or a fish’s fin.

 

Continuing themes in my 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 I experience the hot material as soft and luminous and I try to preserve these qualities in the finished work. By layering transparent and opaque colours, I create vibrant and translucent objects that change with natural light, through the day.”

 

www.laurabirdsall.com

  • Laura Birdsall, Interior landscape Aqua

    Laura Birdsall, Interior landscape Aqua

  • Laura Birdsall, Fruitful Cobalt Aqua

    Laura Birdsall, Fruitful Cobalt Aqua

  • Laura Birdsall, Lime Turquoise Tall Pod

    Laura Birdsall, Lime Turquoise Tall Pod

  • Laura Birdsall, Turquoise Fin Bowl

    Laura Birdsall, Turquoise Fin Bowl