Elin Isaksson graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 with an MA in Design & Applied Arts and she is now producing hand blown and cast glass in her own glass blowing studio in Stirling. She began her glass blowing training at the famous Orrefors Glass School in Sweden in 1998 learning traditional Swedish glass making techniques. Further education includes apprenticeship in Sweden, France and Italy.
Elin’s inspiration comes from the play of light, texture and movement in nature and aim to capture a sense of place, a small detail or an atmosphere rather than reproduce a direct likeness of an object or form.
Her ideas often develop travelling back to north of Sweden or along the coast of Scotland taking endless of photographs to use as muse. Elin mainly uses the glassblowing technique to achieve her elegant and tactile simple forms in subtle colour blends. She often finishes of a piece stretching it long and thin or bending it to keep a sense of movement to capture the intense energy when working with molten glass.
In her cast glass she is intrigued by rough textures in contrast to very smooth tactile surfaces created when pouring hot glass into one off sand moulds. The solid sculptures contains layers of hand blown shards and stringers to create depth and layers to the mostly clear pieces,
Elin mainly produces bespoke hand blown glass for lighting and sculpture (for indoor & garden) by commission. Previous corporate clients are amongst: Oil & Gas UK, National Museum of Scotland and Glenfiddich.
Her most recent commission where to make bespoke glass for a chandelier featuring at Dewar's Whisky Centre, Aberfeldy.
Blown and sand cast glass
Contemporary Glass Society
Cohesion Glass Network
Year Established: 2010
2009 Scottish Arts Council Setting up Grant, to finance glass blowing studio in Alloa.
2007 Shell Livewire regional winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
2007 NESTA Award, for promoting new lighting work at 100% Design 2008, London.
2004-05 Headley Trust Scholarship, Master in Design studies, Edinburgh College of Art.
2004 The Helen A. Rose Bequest, for distinguished work, Edinburgh College of Art.