Miniature Wonderlands Captured in Molten Glass by Jenny Ayrton

After graduating from Plymouth College of Art in 2012, Jenny was selected for the Crafts Council’s prestigious Hothouse 4 program. Jenny has since exhibited her work across the UK, been featured on the cover of Craft & Design magazine, and won awards at two London shows. Recent projects include a showcase sculpture for an exhibition in Iceland, a collaborative piece working with secondary school pupils, and a number of private commissions. A list of stockists of her work may be found at www.jennyayrton.co.uk.

Jenny Ayrton captures miniature wonderlands in molten glass. Inspiration comes from everyday scenes; a washing line blowing wildly on the first day of spring, an unknown couple on a park bench, a door ajar giving just a glimpse of what lies within...

Scenes are directly influenced by Jenny’s life as a Devon-based mum; following visits to the towns, beach and moor she creates tiny wire sketches based on the day’s observations. She then uses a sand-casting technique to encase the wire models between layers of molten glass. It is the unpredictable and uncontrollable flow of the glass which brings each scene to life, creating the breeze in the washing and the foliage on the trees; it also ensures that every piece is truly unique! The locations of most pieces are left deliberately ambiguous, encouraging you to project your own memories onto them.