About the Artist
Isaksson makes handblown interior accessories like oil lamps, candle holders, blown forms and unique sand cast sculptures. Her designs are simple but tactile in vibrant colours. Isaksson also creates larger bespoke glass installations and lighting for private indi- viduals and businesses. Previous commissions include Abrdn (Standard Life) and National Museum of Scotland.
Elin Isaksson is originally from Sweden, and she began her glass training at the Orrefors Glass School, next door to the crystal factory. She moved to the UK in 2001, and after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 with an MA in Design&Applied Arts, she stayed on as Artist in Residence building up her portfolio. Further training includes master classes with Rudi Gritch in Venice, then latter with Dante Marioni and Simon Moore at Northland Glass Centre in Lybster. Isaksson set up her own glass blowing studio in 2010 and she is now based in Dunblane.
Isaksson's inspiration is nature, and her forms are often unfussy but very tactile, drawing from her deep-rooted Scandinavian glass making background. Her latest work are her sand cast 'Rocks' and the motivation comes from the play of light using and recreating textures in the glass and realizing interesting depth within a piece by layering different glass materiel to create a large unique sculptural piece. Rock cast's are inspired by found rocks and Isaksson is trying to create many textures and layers and catching the light by using muted colours within the piece. To create delicate colour blends she blow her own coloured shards to create a personal colour palate to use. To create a subtle and delicate watercolour effect she layers the glass thinly by creating a collage with glass stringers, glass crystals and gold leaf. Molten glass +1200c is lastly poured into the mould which fuses the colours onto the piece.
DirectionsFollow brown sign for the cathedral. Pass the cathedral and follow road up the steep hill, to the top of the hill (road above Ramoyle) Studio is situated behind our house with its own glass door entrance facing the road. Park on straight street.
Glass Blowing Class & Demonstrations
Solid & Hollow Class - Sun 11th June 10.30am-1pm - £150pp
For those who want to learn a little bit more about the glass maker’s techniques, we offer the chance to make both a paperweight and a bauble.
Also available are glass blowing demonstrations, on Fri 16th June: 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.15pm
A rare opportunity to watch us at work when we are making glass!
Please book ahead since we can’t fit many people into our studio.
Book: [email protected]