Ursula Burke's work explores the psycho-social landscape of Northern Ireland and the region's competing identities.
Originally from Ireland, Laura Quinn now lives in Surrey, England, where she works as Glass Technical Tutor at the University for the Creative Arts. In 2015, she graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a joint BA in Glass Design and History of Art, and in 2019 she completed an MA in 3D Design Crafts at Plymouth College of Art. She makes glass-blown sculptural forms, and often uses glass in combination with other materials.
Her recent body of work, Tacit Dimensions, comprises sculptural and functional blown and lampworked glass forms that, through visual and tacit information, suggest how they were made. The forms are modular, often composed of hundreds of individually hand-made glass components combined with new digital technologies such as water-jet cutting, laser cutting and 3D printing to create moveable, durable frameworks. These digitally designed frameworks house the glass components and allow it to become moveable and more durable, as well as interchangeable and repairable, enabling her practice to become more sustainable. The combination of the meticulously handmade glass components with the silicone membrane allow this work to welcome human engagement. It draws the viewer closer to the work and challenges preconceived ideas that glass is too fragile to touch.
Laura Quinn applied for a Golden Fleece Award to invest in specialist workshop equipment for her creative glass practice that will allow her to make the necessary step to becoming a self-sustained maker. This includes a table-top lampworking kiln and floor-standing glass kiln, as well as a flat lap machine.