Artist Victoria’s a real glass act

PRESTIGIOUS EXHIBITION: Glass artist Victoria Higginson with some of her work.
PRESTIGIOUS EXHIBITION: Glass artist Victoria Higginson with some of her work.
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A TALENTED artist’s meteoric rise has seen her glass creations go on show.

Sunderland student Victoria Higginson created the artwork now on display at Shipley Art Gallery’s annual Christmas Present exhibition.

The 29-year-old graduated with a Masters in Glass at Sunderland University in July, and she specialises in Japanese-style art.

Victoria, from Manchester, surpassed all expectations with her artwork as her creations have been showcased in exhibitions across the UK and even in an international exhibition in the United States.

Shipley curator Amy Barker said: “We are thrilled to be able to showcase Victoria’s beautiful glass artwork and support an up-and-coming local artist.

“I hope that many people will take this opportunity to view the high-quality and original artwork that is currently on display.”

Professor Kevin Petrie, head of glass and ceramics at Sunderland University, supervised Victoria during her MA and picked her to feature in the Christmas Present exhibition.

He said: “Victoria is a glass blower who has developed a very personal range of pieces reflecting her passion for Japanese art and culture with a particular reference to tea ceremonies.

“I was impressed by Victoria’s focus and persistence to express her ideas through glass-blowing and the many hours she committed to refining her process.

“The pieces are highly skilled and contain very attractive detailing, which also appealed to me when making my selection.”

Victoria’s work is featured alongside a number of high-profile designers from across the UK, including ceramicist Jenny Southam, who was selected for the exhibition by Ceramics Review Editor Bonnie Kemske, and innovative jeweller Littlefly, who was chosen by design guru Wayne Hemingway.

Victoria’s work features alongside regional and national artists at the exhibition in Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, which ends on December 24.