Suffolk’s glass artist Laura Hart, one of the best master artisans in Europe, brings to life fine art glass sculptures and functional glass tableware from her studio in rural Cavendish. She specializes in fused and kiln formed glass orchids, glass wild flowers and meticulously detailed fused and cast glass butterflies. Laura’s work brings several traditional glass making techniques together with the addition of sterling silver for anatomical detail. She focuses in fused glass production uniting 21st century 3D design applications with ancient glass making techniques.
“Blue Tiger butterfly glass sculpture with sterling silver detail”. Laura’s love for all flora and fauna is naturally perceptible in her glass butterfly collections. ©Laura Hart
Each specimen from the butterfly collection, including “Periander Metalmark”, is meticulously recreated to emulate its natural counterpart. The wings are formed by fusing glass in several stages and the bodies are cast in glass using the lost wax process and pate de verre techniques. The legs, antennae and proboscis are created in sterling silver to create anatomical detail. ©Laura Hart
From her well-equipped studio in Cavendish near Sudbury in Suffolk, Laura holds monthly two-day glass fusing workshops. The classes are open to all levels of experience from absolute beginners to veteran glass fusing fanatics that want to learn how to create glass sculptures. The idea is to share her precious knowledge, avoiding its future lost.
Laura Hart wishes to share her knowledge with everyone interested in learning about glass sculpture and fusing. ©Laura Hart
Kiln formed glass techniques use high temperatures in a kiln to shape glass and form glass sculptures. Laura Hart is concentrated in fused glass where in a basic fusing process the object will start as multiple pieces of glass heated enough that they bond together. To capture the subtle detail of each orchid, these pieces are subjected to numerous ﬁrings to incorporate many hand cut fragments of glass.
Laura Hart’s “Orchid Mirror” was featured in the Financial Times, ‘How to Spend it Magazine’. Three Appaloosa phalaenopsis orchids are set on a delicate metallic stem circling this large round mirror. A beautiful looking glass by day; an ambient lighting piece by night as subtly discreet backlighting behind the mirror reveals every gossamer detail of the orchid sculptures. ©Laura Hart
Caladenia melanema, or ‘Ballerina Orchid’, so named due to its uncanny resemblance to its namesake is a rare upright orchid found in the South-West of Western Australia. Created for the Floralia installation at Collect 2018 on the Vessel Gallery stand, this delicate little dancer has touched a few orchid lover hearts. ©Laura Hart
Laura extends her knowledge and skills of 3D modelling to mold designs for glasswork. Her work revolves around the conservation and valorization of endangered flora and fauna. Her ecological purpose and love for nature is perceptible in the beauty of her art. Through her fine glass creations, Laura has developed a unique style of gentle naturalism, celebrating the sublime architecture of nature, while emphasizing the fragility of each species. Her collections of fused and kiln formed glass orchids as well as wild flowers are strongly influenced by Georgia O’Keefe’s large-scale flower paintings.
This is another of the much loved and collected ‘Moth Orchids’ from exotic Southeast Asia. The lip petal takes on the appearance of a bird in flight in this intricately decorated beauty in deep Fuchsia and warm yellows. ©Laura Hart
This is a delicate and rare species of Phalaenopsis (Moth) orchid endemic to the Island of Luzon in the Philippines, threatened by habitat loss in its native tropical lowland forests. Laura loves this beauty; it reminds her of a Russian dancing girl. ©Laura Hart
Oncidium Cranberry and Miltonia Stectibilis Sunshine were the handmade glass flowers chosen as some of the best glass sculptures in Europe.
“Oncidium Cranberry” was exhibit at “Best of Europe” in Homo Faber 2018. Oncidiums, (Dancing ladies or butterfly orchids) are native to Central and South America and vary in colour from canary yellows, deep pinks and blood reds to vibrant tiger stripes, latterly known as ‘Odontoglossum’ orchids. They are also famous for their strong sweet perfume and abundance of blooms on a single stem. ©Laura Hart
“Miltonia Spectibilis Sunshine” orchid is one of the gorgeous Miltonia orchids hailing from Brazilian mountains with subtle creamy yellow lateral petals with striking pink veined skirt (lip petal). ©Laura Hart
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