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MA student wins world renowned international glass award

Iconic work from one of our MA Glass students has secured one of the most internationally acclaimed glass honours, the Stanislav Libenský Award. Despite hearing about the award just a week before the deadline, Tami Ishida fought off stiff competition from artists in over 23 countries, impressing an international panel of distinguished glass experts.

The only award of its kind to allow new graduates to submit work, the Stanislav Libenský Awards declared Tami the overall winner for 2015, based on her final MA work entitled Cups. Her work is inspired by the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, and features a series of seven small cups made of blown, cut and polished glass. The judges said that her work is ‘characterised by perfect technique and original colourfulness’.

“In Japan, the tea ceremony is a tradition that has a deep spiritual resonance,” says Tami, who is from Okayama in Japan. “It symbolises peace, comfort and hospitality, and also the significance of beauty within simplicity. The cups I’ve created draw on this ancient imagery and the intangible qualities they represent.”

Interested in British contemporary crafts and art education, Tami came to the UK to further her work as a freelance artist and expand her creativity. She finds inspiration in British history and culture, spending time in museums and galleries.

“One of the most interesting things I’ve learnt on my MA course at UCA is discovering the difference between the techniques, materials and trends used in the UK and Japan,” says Tami. “Many Japanese artists stay and practise in Japan, but with my experience at UCA – and this award – my ambition is to travel and practise in other parts of the world.”

Currently focusing on glass blowing when creating new pieces, Tami is keen to discover new techniques and materials for new projects whilst continuing her work as a freelance artist.

Tami Ishida glass

You can find out more about our MA Glass course at Farnham here.

You can find out more about Tami’s win here.

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