Principal's Award 2019
Laura completed her Masters with a first class honours in 2019. Her final body of work produced included wearable glass pieces and glass lighting. Using a combination of digital technologies with traditional glass making, she sought to create a sustainable body of work. Through use of modular and interchangeable design her pieces become highly bespoke and offer the user a wide range of design possibilities. The movement given to the pieces through use of soft materials such as recyclable silicon rubber and repurposed leather allow the glass to become more durable and easily repairable. The pieces she has created have come from research into sustainable design, consumer design and craft design and seek to bring the user closer to the material. Laura is passionate in encouraging the user to rethink what they know about glass, and instead learn how to care, use and reuse the pieces so that they can last a lifetime, or several.
Since graduating she has exhibited at Collect 2020 with Northlands Create, the Ireland Glass Biennale and the Design and Craft Council Ireland’s Connected sculpture trail. She now lives in Surrey in the UK and works as the Glass Technical Tutor at the University for the Creative Arts where she can pursue her passion for education and continue to develop her glass practice.