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Catriona MacKenzie

Catriona’s passion for glass came while studying for her Design and Applied Arts BA(hons) at Edinburgh College of Art.  Her work is created to be cheerful, bold and full of texture. She aims to uplift the viewer with her colour combinations and clean feminine shapes.  Her inspirations come from the world around her and the sanctuary she finds within certain environments – walking in the woods in her native Scotland, or living next to the graffiti of Bristol.  She likes the juxtaposition of these different themes, and uses opposites throughout her work.  Opaque glass has always had importance in her creative development and likes the way it can look like ceramics.

 "By using opaque coloured glass I can convince the viewer that they are looking at a piece of glazed porcelain. Only when they realise that the interior of the piece is transparent, does the material reveal itself to be blown glass. I like carving through the layer of opaque colour to create these "windows" into the interior world within"

  Catriona would describe herself as a Craftsmaker foremost, with a dedication to technique. She has studied at Alfred University, NY State, USA and has completed a two year Post-graduate diploma from the International Glass Centre, West Midlands. She has worked for other makers and taught in various institutions.

In 2013 she won the Silver Award for Glass from craft&design Magazine.

In 2015 Catriona underwent the Crafts Council’s Hothouse business mentoring programme and now has her studio in Bristol. 

craft&design Selected Silver Award Winner 2013
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