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Posted 26.05.17

Crafts student selected for exhibition at International Festival of Glass

By Kat Peberdy

Joining the exclusive list of designer-makers for this year's British Glass Biennale is BA (Hons) Contemporary Crafts student Mim Brigham.

Mim was selected out of 231 applicants as part of a presentation on the most interesting, diverse and outstanding glass art made in the UK in the last two years. The work exhibited will form a cutting-edge showcase of contemporary British-based glass talent with £11,000 worth of awards to be won.

Mim Brigham, right, creating glass canes with fellow students

When asked how she felt about her work being selected by an expert panel of judges, including Director of the Craft Council Rosy Greenlees OBE, Mim explained, “This is the first time I’ve applied and I was successful, it’s made such a difference to my confidence. Honestly, I’m a little intimidated but very excited!”

Mim's background in science, with two previous degrees in Science and Social Science, has informed her current body of work. She has developed her skills in hot and warm glass processes, taking inspiration from historical cane work and millefiori fusing. Her work ranges in size and can take weeks to produce, from small and decorative earrings to large colourful discs.

“I’m inspired by any artist who uses bright colours, I’m drawn to them. Cathryn Shilling and Colin Reid are two glass artists that really stand out for me. Cathryn also uses the Venetian glass cane technique, utilising fine threads of molten glass to create her pieces.”

“As a part-time student, Mim has been passionate about working with glass for nearly six years of study. She is a determined and directed maker with the ambition to go on to be a self-employed designer maker for architectural and domestic arenas.” – Gayle Matthias

The Biennale will take place at the historic Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge, prize winners will be announced on 24 August and the exhibition is open to the public from 25 August 2017.

See more of Mim's work on her website.