Region:South West England

Technique:Casting, Cold work, Hot glass


Discipline:Design, Functional, Sculptural

Areas of Interest:Competitions, Supplies, Techniques

Product:Design/ Functional/ interiors, Sculpture, Table ware

Country:United Kingdom


Elizabeth Simms

Elizabeth Simms is a UK based Hot Glass Artist and Sculptor whose practice explores the intimate and emotional, internal reactions to physical bodily experiences. As a maker and craftsman Elizabeth values sensitivity and patience. Her practical processes revolve around maintaining and developing a continuous conversation between her and her materials. Asking new questions, observing responses and adapting to conflicting situations, all combine to help strengthen her relationship and unspoken understanding with her current specialism of hot glass.

Recent works featured in her 2021 collection ‘Menstr-hood’ communicate the inevitable battles which occur within the body due to the functions of the female reproductive system, reflecting specifically upon menstruation and fertility.
The collection features five glass blown forms, four of which were created by blowing into molds made from life-cast parts of the body in positions to relieve or ease menstrual pain. The pieces progress through childhood to adulthood reflecting upon how Menstruation can influence fragility in the mind and body.
The contrast of soft and sharp surfaces, forms that are broken and whole and the change in weight and scale of each of the bodies reflect how experiencing your monthly cycle can increase internal anxieties and insecurities due to the negativity which society holds against women and Menstruation.
This collection was created in order to begin and encourage open conversations about periods and other bodily processes related to fertility.

'Outgrown Home' 2021 (Blown Glass, sandblasted, iron filings, ash, ceramic base) , Lorna Yabsley

'Unstained Youth' 2021 (Life cast mold blown Glass, sanblasted, iron filings, ash, ceramic base) , Lorna Yabsley

'Broken Body of a Bloated Beast' 2021 (Life cast mold blown Glass, etched, iron filings, ash, ceramic base) , Lorna Yabsley

Detail 'Broken Body of a Bloated Beast' 2021 (Life cast mold blown Glass, etched, iron filings, ash) , Lorna Yabsley