Describing her exhibition piece, Andrea Spencer says:

The affinity I have with landscape and the natural world comes through a marriage between science and craft, observation, analysis and transformation. My studio is like a wunderkammer, a cabinet of curiosities, filled with shells and seaweeds, birds skulls and bones, flower heads, seed pods and egg cases. These natural references become a point of departure. I proceed by manipulating and transforming molten glass, sculpting, creating, assembling and arranging the forms as they materialise from the flame. Ultimately I strive to display a feeling, emotion or physical condition.’

Mediums: Flameworked glass, Belfast thread and steel.


With this body of work, Andrea Spencer won one of this year’s exhibition 1st prize.

Artist Bio

Andrea Spencer maintains a studio in rural Ballintoy on the North Antrim Coast. A large part of her practise includes flame worked glass and mixed media to create ephemeral installations and delicate sculptural objects. Her work is inspired by nature, drawing on natural forms and structures to create pieces which correlate with aspects of the human condition. In contrast to her gallery and exhibition work she has also completed many large scale architectural commissions for a variety of public buildings, including healthcare settings, schools and public gardens. Her work is held in significant collections and recently purchased by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through their 2020 acquisitions fund. Andrea teaches at glass schools and private studios thoughout the UK, Europe and the USA and also offers workshops from her own flame working and kiln forming studio.

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