Laura had always loved and collected glass and remembers being inspired by watching the blowers in Stourbridge as a child. She was unexpectedly brought back to glass when tasked with designing a sculpture in steel and glass for a concept artist. She needed to better understand the glass making process in order to achieve the design, so observed some wonderfully talented glass artists at work. She was utterly captivated and there the obsession began. She attended fusing and casting courses to learn the basics, but after evicting the car from the garage and installing a kiln, her glass making skills largely emerged in the University of Trial and Error. Happily, some of the mistakes she made along the way morphed into useful techniques. Laura enjoys dabbling with diversity and indulging a myriad of ideas and styles - fulfils the nomadic disposition - but most importantly, a half century on this planet has determined the focal point of her real passion; the artistic representation of some the most fundamental, beautiful and threatened organisms on Earth.
Butterflies & Moths
'My fascination with nature’s unparalleled artistry and diversity is equally limitless, inspiring me to create my butterfly sculptures. The meticulous detailing in the Lepidoptera series is driven by my desire to represent endangered and rare butterflies as vibrant living creatures; beautiful, precious and delicate. Given that many species of butterfly and moth teeter on the brink of existence in our ever-decreasing world I create only one of each species or subspecies, their uniqueness and fragility accentuating the real threat of extinction these glorious creatures face due to human activity. Each specimen is painstakingly recreated to emulate its natural counterpart. The wings are created by fusing glass in several stages and the bodies are cast in glass using the lost wax process and pate de verre techniques. The legs, antennae and proboscis are created in sterling silver to create anatomical detail.' Laura Hart
2007 - current – Launched art and design company - ISO Design. Commissions include: Design and engineering of large-scale sculpture for concept artists, Webster & Noble, Vong Phaophanit, Langlands & Bell. Prop design for Kylie Minogue’s 2008 World Tour. Event design commissions include a sixty foot wingspan Arabian Falcon, flown over Dubai’s Meyden World Cup racing event. Many of the pieces I was asked to design for other artists included glass components. In order to design effectively I observed glass artists at work and therein began my obsession with the medium . . .
2009 – Studied glass fusion and casting with Erna Piechna.
2011 - Attended Northlands Glass School for mould making master class with Tessa Clegg.
2012 - Solo exhibition - London - ‘Floralia’ - glass orchids, lilies and poppies.
2013 - Decorex - Orchid Mirror London. - International Design Awards Ceremony - commission of pansy orchid sculpture.
2014 - Solo exhibition - ‘Floralia’ - framed exhibition of twelve orchid species, London
2015 - Solo exhibition - ‘Lepidoptera’ - London
2016 - Glass Life Forms - Pittsburgh Glass Centre and Corning Museum of Glass.
2016 - Gold award for glass - Craft & Design magazine.
2017 - ‘Floralia’ installation, London.
2017 - Lepidoptera selected for the Contemporary Glass Society 20th anniversary exhibition at the Etienne Gallery Netherlands.
2017 - Lepidoptera exhibited with Bruntnell Astley in the White House Cone museum, Stourbridge for the International Festival of Glass 2017.
2017 - Exhibited Floralia installation and butterflies at Tresor Contemporary Craft, Basel, Switzerland.
2018 - Exhibited large Floralia installation, London.