Nature’s tiniest details, such as a seedpod or fish’s fin, often provide a starting point for glass artist Laura Birdsall, one of very few people to have been selected for four of the past six British Glass Biennale exhibitions. “There’s always a link between interior and exterior and the use of texture within this context,” says Birdsall. Many of her exquisite vessels feature a highly worked rim and exterior, and this can be a very labour-intensive process on sizeable pieces, such as the Fin bowl (£1,500), with “a lot of hand-cutting” to create different textures. “I like to make the work very tactile,” she says, “with a soft matte finish on the outside achieved by sand blasting and acid dipping.”
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