Laura Elizabeth Glass creates glass lighting and interior accessories
Our Directory Maker of the Week, Laura Elizabeth Glass, talks to us about getting into making, what inspires her and her favourite part of the making process.
Who or what got you into making?
I was exposed to glass where I grew up in Bermuda. It’s a tiny island where they surprisingly had a couple of glass blowing studios. Whilst growing up, my mum was always creating something with her hands such as knitting, needle point or upholstery. I’m not sure she’s aware of how much of an influence this had on me but it has.
Could you please tell us a bit about your work?
I work with hand-blown glass combined with precious metals, copper, silver and gold to create lighting, interior accessories, and sculptural collections. I’ve worked with combining glass and metals for over ten years. I use different techniques to apply the metals in various thicknesses to create my work. By doing this, I hope the metals become a part of the piece rather than an addition.
What are your inspirations?
A recurrent element in my work is drawing inspiration from water. I like to look at the beauty and fragility of our ecosystems that water gives life to. I like to use objects from the ocean, buoys and oil platforms, and storms and hurricanes as sources of inspiration for collections. I find it fascinating to use the fluidity of glass and the contrast of metals to reflect these ideas.
What is your favourite part of the making process?
I really enjoy it when a sculptural piece of glass that I’ve been working on for some time comes together in the hot-shop and gets safely put away into the kiln.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on a bespoke version of my Cascade chandelier and developing the next incarnation of my Zephyr collection.