Quinn in the Workshop

Quinn in the Workshop


Laura Quinn is an Irish designer and glassblower. In 2015 she graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin with a BA (hons) in Glass Design, as well as a BA (hons) in Art History and Design. Sisyphus was the body of work she created for her BA degree show. The inspiration for this body of work came from the myth of Sisyphus, and how it is in the human experience to complete repetitive actions or tasks in the hope that there is an overall greater meaning. This body of work was primarily wearable sculpture, combining glass with other materials such as rubber and metal.

After graduating she worked in the Corning Museum of Glass teaching the public how to make their own glass objects. By the end of 2015 she had also completed her internship in Olustvere Glass Studio in Estonia where she spent 3 months working as a glass blowing assistant.

In 2016 her journey brought her to Gloucestershire in England where she worked under a master glass blower in LoCo Glass Studio. Here she developed a love of making glass within the production setting.

Working in various studios around the world raised questions for Laura about the use of glass with other materials. In 2017 she began her MA in 3D Design Crafts in Plymouth College of Art.

New Technologies, Traditional Technique.

Vortex Whiskey Tumbler

Vortex Whiskey Tumbler

Laura is now nearing the end of her masters degree. The focus for her research has centred around one question;

How can new digital technologies be used with traditional handmade processes to create authentic glass products?

In September 2019 her final body of work from her MA studies will go on display at Plymouth College of Art. All are invited to come to view and purchase the works.