Region:Greater London

Technique:Cold work, Hot glass

Occupation:Artist, Gallery

Discipline:Decorative, Functional, Sculptural

Areas of Interest:Exhibition, Publications, Sponsorship, Workshops

Country:United Kingdom


Laura McKinley

In 2018 Laura graduated with her MA in Ceramics and Glass at The Royal College of Art and a year later co founded a glass studio in Camberwell, London, with three fellow graduates. Laura studied glass at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, graduating in 2008. After a two month session at Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, she went on to work at LoCo Glass, gaining a scholarship to the Fresh Air Sculpture Show in 2010. She began working at London Glassblowing shortly afterwards.

My interest in play and the inviting qualities of glass are strong motifs throughout my work. Using hot glass I am directly contradicting the delicate and fragile material in which the objects are created by inviting engagement and interaction, at the same time, exploring form, texture and the illusion of space. The play of light and shadow and the optical qualities of solid glass evoke a childlike intrigue.

Laura’s fascination for glass as a creative medium stems from its capacity to constantly alter her initial thoughts and expectations. The spontaneity of the hot material demands instant visual judgments that give rise to shifts in her ideas. These allow her to make tangible her explorations of volume, scale and the random interplay of forms. Serendipity and the unexpected often point the way to the next starting point for making.

An element of Laura’s inspiration is the Italian technique, Incalmo, the joining together, whilst still hot, of two separately blown glass bubbles to form one piece. When cold, the fluidity of these objects is interrupted by cutting to expose voids which enable the viewer to see both the internal and exterior spaces. The varying thickness of glass and polished angled surfaces create ever-changing effects of light and shadow, a characteristic that is exploited to create an environment of illusion. Laura’s work is an invitation to engage with the tranquil beauty of the incidental.

Dondolo , Ester Segarra

Trivium , Ester Segarra

Symbiosis , Ester Segarra

Trivium , Ester Segarra

Symbiosis Pair , Ester segarra

Introspection , Ester Segarra

Symbiosis , Ester Segarra

Dondolo Pair , Ester Segarra

Rest Vases , Ester Segarra