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Jessica completed her B.A. degree in Glass & Ceramics in 2006, and M.A. in 2009, through the University of Sunderland at the National Glass Centre. She has found success in a number of competitions, undertaking a variety of exciting commissions for a diverse group of clients. Her ability to adapt and change her style to meet specific briefs, whilst still retaining a distinctive look to her work, is an important factor in her success. Whilst she enjoys the diversity and challenge of meeting a wide range of such commissions, Jessica’s real passion is for designing and making cast and kiln-formed glass.
Strong drawing skills underpin all aspects of Jessica’s work, as can be seen through her designs and her use of transfers applied directly on to glass.
I'm one of four glass artists currently featured in the Contemporary Glass Society's online exhibition, 'Cutting Edge Showcase II'. The Contemporary Glass Society says of the showcase, 'Fascinating plays of texture and colour link the outstanding glass artists in the latest pop-up exhibition curated by the Contemporary Glass Society. The unique online show features work by Sabine Little, Jessica Irena Smith, Richard Morrell and George Jackson. The Cutting Edge Showcase series gives an intense burst of art at the vanguard of contemporary glass work.'
The showcase is part of a wider 'Glass Skills' programme: a year of events and exhibitions run by the Contemporary Glass Society, exploring the role of glassmakers in keeping ancient skills alive. It can be viewed at www.cgs.org.uk/exhibitions/cutting-edge-showcase-ii
Further info on the Contemporary Glass Society can be found from my Weblinks page.
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