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Posted 04.06.15

Crafts grad Jenny Ayrton selected for British Glass Biennale

By Sarah Packer

BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts graduate, Jenny Ayrton, has been selected to exhibit at the British Glass Biennale 2015. Photo by Tas Kyprianou.

Crafts graduate Jenny Ayrton is currently exhibiting at the British Glass Biennale 2015. As the UK’s top contemporary glass showcase it is a highlight of the International Festival of Glass, featuring over 100 pieces by the country’s leading glass artists.

This is just one in a long line of successes for Jenny, in 2014 she was selected for the Crafts Council’s prestigious Hothouse 4 programme, featured on the cover of craft&design magazine and has won awards at two London shows.

"I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected for the exhibition. It is wonderful that studio glass is being championed through the Biennale and in the International Festival of Glass,” said Jenny Ayrton, BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts graduate.

Jenny explained, “I first visited the International Festival of Glass in 2010, and it was the British Glass Biennale in particular which confirmed my desire to work in glass.

“Since then it has been a dream of mine to one day exhibit my work alongside that of master glass artists like Fiaz Elson, Max Jacquard, and Bruno Romanelli.

“But I always thought that it would happen much further down my career path. I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected for the exhibition. It is wonderful that studio glass is being championed through the Biennale and in the International Festival of Glass.”

'Bench in the shade' by Jenny Ayrton. Photograph taken by Rod Gonzalez.

The piece selected, ‘Bench in the shade’, is one of her larger pieces, using sand-cast glass with metal inclusions to create miniature scenes, each inspired by her life as a Devon-based mother.

Jenny is among 77 artists picked from more than 200 applicants to secure a place in the prestigious British Glass Biennale, which runs from 28 May – 28 June in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

For Jenny, the selection is a mark of her talent having been put through a rigorous selection process which was overseen by the Biennale panel made up of freelance curator of contemporary craft and design, Janice Blackburn; glass historian and author, Graham Fisher; private glass collector, Mark Holford; glass artist, David Reekie; and Ikon gallery director, Jonathan Watkins.

'Bench in the shade' by Jenny Ayrton. Photograph taken by Rod Gonzalez.

See more of Jenny’s work here.