Isla Osborne

Isla Osborne

What inspires your art practice?
I make contemporary glass jewellery and artworks from my small studio in Grey Lynn. Glass is both subject and object in my work and its chemical and physical properties fascinate me. Glass can transform from liquid to solid in an instant and still retain the illusion of movement.

What materials do you work in?
My process consists of making finely crafted glass beads melted with a blowtorch using techniques that date back thousands of years. Lampworking is an ancient and magical process, with a chemistry that borders on alchemy, and I am proud to be keeping this ancient tradition alive for the next generation of craftspeople.

Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Kiss Me is a participatory art project in which glass brooches are dispensed from a repurposed vending machine. For NZ Sculpture Onshore, VENd is filled with little glass kisses in vintage candy colours. Tokens for the vending machine can be purchased from the gallery for $20.

The brooches are individually handcrafted using techniques that date back thousands of years. Rods of glass are melted on a blowtorch and each kiss formed using a graphite press-mould. The kisses are then cooled in a kiln overnight before being cold- worked and constructed into brooches.

Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
My work can be found under the Wearing Glass brand in over twenty stockists from Northland down to Stewart Island or on my website.

Where did you study?
2007 Glass Etching (West Dean College, UK) - 2005 Glass Jewellery Techniques (University of Westminster, UK) - 1994 Graduate Diploma Product Development (Massey University, NZ) - 1993 Diploma Computer Graphic Design (UCol, NZ)

Sculptures by Isla Osborne

NZ Sculpture OnShore Returns 2021

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