Laura Quinn is a glassblower and designer. In 2015 she graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin with a joint BA (hons) in Glass Design and Art and Design History. After graduating she completed glassblowing internships in the Corning Museum of Glass, New York and Estonia.
During this time her work was awarded the Innovation in Glass Award, and Emerging Glass Artist Award by the National Craft Awards in Ireland. She also received 2 scholarships to study under master glass makers in the world renowned Corning Museum of Glass. Her work has appeared alongside other major makers in the Brown Thomas exhibition, Create 2015.
From 2016-2017 she worked under a master glassblower in the U.K. Here she honed her glassblowing skills within the production setting.
In 2017 she began her MA in 3D Design Crafts in Plymouth College of Art , with a project proposal to develop the interface between glass and other materials using digital technologies to create sustainable craft products.
During her MA studies, and just after, Laura has spoken at the UWE Artisan International Conference in 2018 and the Plymouth College of Art Making Futures International Conference in September 2019. She has also spoken at the Ireland Glass Biennale Symposium in October 2019. She is due to speak at by far her largest event yet, the International Glass Art Society Conference in Sweden 2020. Practical and theoretical research and exploring how we understand out material relationship, is an intrinsic part of her making practice.
In 2019 she was also commended by the Contemporary Glass Society in their New Graduate Review. She was also listed as one of 10 new jeweler designers to look out for from New Designers 2019 by online Jewellery Magazine Benchpeg- despite never referring to herself as a jeweller. However this is an example of how her research and physical outputs transcends the perceived restraints of the material.
Her work has also appeared in the Portal 2019 exhibition in Llantarnam Grange, Wales, and the Ireland Glass Biennale 2019 in Dublin Castle.