Glass artist lands top place

Julia Williams selected for acclaimed Glass Biennale 2015 award
Julia Williams selected for acclaimed Glass Biennale 2015 award

A Boston Spa glass artist has been selected for a coveted place in the 2015 British Glass Biennale, part of the International Festival of Glass.

Julia Williams is among just 77 artists picked from more than 200 applicants to secure a place in the prestigious event which runs from May 28–June 28 in Stourbridge.

Julia said: “To have made it onto the shortlist for the British Glass Biennale is a great achievement in itself and I am delighted that my work will be exhibited along with many other master glass artists from around the country. It is wonderful that studio glass is being championed through the biennale and in the International Festival of Glass.”

Julia is among 13 of the chosen artists who were students up to 2014. In total they will be exhibiting 122 stunning pieces of glass art as part of the Biennale and festival. 

All selected artists have been living and working for the last two years in the UK or Northern Ireland.

The pieces embrace a vast range of glassmaking techniques including blown, kiln formed, slumped and engraved glass with pure clean crystal through to opaque vessels and pieces featuring surface painting and glass inclusions. Submissions range from the miniature to larger scale installations.

For Julia, who has been working as a glass artist for 10 years, having studied at the National Glass Centre/University of Sunderland and graduating in 2014, the selection is a mark of her talent having been put through a rigorous selection process which was overseen by the Biennale panel made up of freelance curator of contemporary craft and design, Janice Blackburn and other highly regarded experts.

Julia will also be vying for one of the following awards: Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award; Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Award, Runner Up; Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Student Award; Glass Sellers’ Art & Craft Student Award, Runner Up; Art in Action Award for Contemporary Glass; craft&design magazine award; craft&design magazine highly commended award; and The People’s Prize, sponsored by Warm Glass UK and selected by visitors to the exhibition.