Stuart Akroyd is one of the best known studio glass designer-makers in the UK. He adapts traditional Venetian techniques to create forms in vibrant colours and organic shapes. Instantly identifiable his work possesses a sense of movement and grace within the solid form.
Stuart’s latest sculptural pieces, titled ‘Intention’, are a perfect example of this; a solid stretched form encasing vibrant colours and captured on a steel stand.
These one off pieces were inspired by the Skylon structure which became the symbol of the 1951 Festival of Britain. The celebration of British design during a period of post war hope and austerity was an incredibly creative time. Stuart wanted to reflect this in his new pieces, but also show the restraint and limitations applicable then and now.
Stuart has been making glass for over 25 years. His glassmaking career began in the North East and he opened his own hot studio in Nottingham in 2000.