Born in 1977 Sweden. During my studies at Orrefors Glass School, Sweden 1998-2000, I discovered passion for blown glass making. During those years I also undertook several placements in hot glass studios in Sweden and France.
I came to Edinburgh College of Art in 2001 following a year spent assisting 3 glass blowers in Gothenburg in South of Sweden. I completed both my BA (Hons) and Masters in Glass & Architectural Glass Design at ECA. During this time I also has worked with Lindean Mills Glass, Galashiels.
Further courses include Fusing & Casting under Rudi Gritch in Itlay and Master Glassblowing courses under Simon Moore and Dante Marioni at Northlands Creative Glass Center. During 2006-08 I worked as Artist in Residence at Edinburgh College of Art, teaching undergraduates on a part time basis.
I started up my own business as Glass Designer&Maker, by winning bespoke architectural commissions for domestic and public interiors. My sculptural glass is sold through galleries around the UK.
I have 10 years experience of working with Scandinavian and European glass design and techniques. I produce unique handcrafted work which brings architectural glass together with blown sculpture and lighting.
Date of Birth: 21.08.1977
2007 Shell LiveWire Young Entrepreneurs Award, Region-Forth Valley &Tayside
2007 NESTA Funding Award for promotion of new lighting works in glass
2006 Visual Arts &Crafts Award Scheme 2005-06, for creating new work, Edinburgh Council
2004-05 Headley Trust Scholarship, Master in Design studies, Edinburgh College of Art
2004 The Helen A. Rose Bequest, for distinguished work, Edinburgh College of Art
2007/08 Tophies for Oil&Gas Uk
2008 Blown, cut and polished exhibits for glass artist Keeryong Choi
2006/07/08 Trophies for The Chancellor's Award 2006&2007, Edinburgh University
2006 Pieces for National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
2006-08 ‘Craftbox’ Touring Exhibition-UK. Supported by Shropshire Council/Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton
2006 Blown exhibits for artist Keiko Mukaide
2004 Architectural panels (Blown&Kiln cast) for Architect J. Beggs, London
2004-05 Master in Design –Glass &Architectural Glass, Edinburgh College of Art
2001-04 BA (Hons) Glass & Architectural Glass, Edinburgh College of Art
1998-00 Glass Blowing Course, Orrefors Glass School, Sweden
2006-08 Master class in glass making with Dante Marioni, Northlands Creative Glass
2005 Master class in glass blowing with Simon Moore, Northlands
2005 Research in current developments in Swedish `Studio glass’ at Konstfack -Arts, Crafts & Design University, Stockholm
2002 International Glass Workshopat Centro Studio Vetro, Italy
2008-09 ‘ Benefit Party’ by Glimpse Online, London 25th nov-Jan 09
2008-09 ‘Effervescence III’ Sussex Barn Gallery , West Sussex 27th Nov-25th Jan 09
2008-09 ‘Genesis’ SDC Gallery, London 11th Nov-3Jan 09
2008-09 Peter Potter Gallery, Haddington Nov-Jan 09
2008 ‘Origin’ at Somerset House London 7th-12th Oct
2008 100% Design, 100% New ,Earls Court London
2008 ‘Into the Green’ at St Philip’s Church, Joppa,Edinburgh
2007&08 Homes&Interiors Scotland Exhibition , SECC
2007 ‘Design Crafts for Contemporary Living’ Bilston Craft Gallery, Wolverhampton
2007 'Gifted' , Royal Museum , Edinburgh
2006 ‘New Designers, Islington Business Design Centre, London
2006 ‘The Glassery’, Stockholm, Sweden
2005 Mdes Show, Edinburgh College of Art
2004 ‘Fresh!’ The Lighthouse, Glasgow
2004 ‘New Designers’ Islington Business Design Centre, London
2004 ‘Degree Show’, Edinburgh College of Art
2000 Blown Glass,Galleri Format in Skellefteå, Sweden
1999 Blown/Cut & Engraved Glass, Galleri Format, Sweden
Travel: Nationally, Yes Internationally, Yes
'Green is a colour that I always felt should be left to nature, as it is not a colour that sits well in a space on its own-unless of course it is living. However Elin Isaksson manged to pull together a show of green to be seen. Her tall elegant forms, looked simply fabulous as a crowd, and theee forms were married so succesfully with her wall pieces which were very calm and uplifting that created a space that was a feast for the eyes.' No 84-summer 2004, The Newsletter of The Scottish Glass Society.
“For me working with hot glass is a privilege, I enjoy the quick decision making process and the fluid temperament full material. I take my inspiration from the play of light, texture and movement in nature. Forms bend and twist organically. The objects do not necessarily represent a descriptive picture of nature, but through the elastic, tactile abstraction it represents. The captured movement symbolises an energy which happens when working with molten glass.
- “I want my objects to communicate with my audience.”
Studio visits are welcome.
Elin creates unique handcrafted sculptural and architectural glass for private and public clients. Lighting commissions and awards are also undertaken.
Elin works in 3 different glass making techniques - glassblowing, hot casting, and kiln casting - and can mix techniques or suggest a particular technique to achieve a certain quality or design for the client. Every project is bespoke
- “I don’t feel bound to a certain technique; I will use one or mix techniques that I believe suits best the particular expression I want to achieve.”
Upon agreement of commission a 1/2 of the total amount is to be paid prior to any work being started.
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