Dr. Linda Smith SWA Glass Artist/Scientist

Glass Artist/Scientist

Artists Statement


Originally, I trained as a chemist and graduated in 1999 with a PhD in chemistry where my work involved the development and applications of an 'Electronic Nose'. I applied the new technology to the manufacture of tea whilst working in Kenya. I then returned to working in the pharmaceuticals and telecommunications industries before my focus shifted to art. I studied advanced glass techniques at the City Lit for two years under the guidance of Kathy Shaw Urlich before graduating with PGCE’s in Fine Art and Glass (2006) and Glass and Architecture (2007) from Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design.

 

As an award-winning artist, I use glass as a canvas. My work is mainly figurative in nature and based on people whom I know or whose way of life has affected me. My greatest challenge is finding a way to express the human essence in a language that reflects their beauty, revealed from the light from within.

 

I have expertise in painting, acid etching, sandblasting, fusing, slumping and casting glass. My curiosity leads me naturally to experiment with finding new ways of working with glass and as a medium; it offers the possibility of layering using a variety of different media.

 

I exhibit regularly at The Mall Galleries in London, am a council member of the Society of Women Artists (SWA) and a member of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS). I undertake commissions and teach glass-working techniques as a university sessional lecturer at Canterbury Christ Church University and aim to inspire students in becoming the next generation of glass artists.