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Jessica Irena Smith

Jessica Irena Smith works in cast and kiln-formed glass, having completed a B.A. in Glass & Ceramics (2006), followed by an M.A. in Glass (2009), through the University of Sunderland at the National Glass Centre.

Her work mainly takes its inspiration from nature and the animal world, although it is also influenced by her strong interests in fashion and jewellery - she has a large collection of early 20th century costume jewellery.  Jessica’s work is diverse, yet still retains her distinctive style, which is very detailed and often contains an element of humour.  She mainly works in the ‘lost wax’ casting method, but recent work has included the use of cast bronze elements; transfer application on to glass; and waterjet-cut glass.

Both throughout her time as a student and subsequently, Jessica’s work has found success in a number of competitions, including being awarded second place in a design competition run by French ‘pate de cristal’ company, Daum, in 2006; being short listed for the Thomas Lyte Modern Heritage Award in 2008, sponsored by the Crafts Council; and, more recently, showing at the Saatchi Gallery, after being shortlisted from thousands of entries in the sculpture category of an international art competition.  Please see Jessica’s current C.V. on her website for further details.

Jessica shows at galleries throughout the UK, as well as working to commission.

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