Creating Glass Orchids with Laura Hart
29th May 2020
The Hart Glass Studio is situated in rural Suffolk where Laura Hart creates unique, bespoke and limited edition art and architectural glass works. As both artist and designer, Hart unites twenty-first Century 3D design applications with age-old traditional glass-making techniques. Her delicate and highly detailed flowers follow a lifelong passion for flora and the rural landscape with a desire to capture it’s natural elegance.
In her own words:
‘Inspired by my love of flowers, particularly orchids, my sculptural flower collections combine several glass fusion techniques. Emulating the delicate, ethereal translucency of flower petals, I recreate the living structure as it forms in nature, so that backlighting reveals every gossamer detail through the layers in a diffused spectral glow’
Each breathtaking Orchid and Bloom is handmade from fused and slumped glass. To capture the delicate detail of each flower, these pieces are subjected to numerous firings to incorporate the many hand cut fragments of glass. Hart also uses glass powder colours, fine glass canes and lustres, to ensure that she captures every element of the flower's living counterpart. Unlike most flowers that fade and die, Hart's artworks have resilient beauty!
Here we share a little insight into the processes involved. It can only be said that Laura Hart has an endless imagination, tireless patience and astonishing talent.
Bee Orchid components
Bee Orchid assembled before firing
The finished Bee Orchid
Laura Hart making
Orchid Mania Film