Wolverhampton School of Art

Charlotte Smith, BA (Hons) Applied Arts

Charlotte graduated in 2014 and is now embarking on an exciting and successful career with her glasswork.

So far her work has been exhibited at several sites including the Harmonic Capital bank, London which currently has a piece on loan in a main conference room. Following the loan, the piece has already been purchased and the buyer intends to place the piece in his garden.

Pardon Mill in London has also exhibited Charlotte’s work in their gallery and the Zetter hotel Islington are currently exhibiting her scrap metal series!
Building on her current experience, Charlotte will be travelling to Seattle this Summer to take up a scholarship to study for two weeks at the renowned Pilchuck Glass School. While there she will be studying James Anderegg’s class, What lies beneath.

When she returns home, Charlotte will be back at the School of Art completing her Masters in Design and Applied Arts.

“I went to the University to study ceramics, but found the challenge of working with hot glass exhilarating - this is when I knew that glass making was what I wanted to do.”

Despite suffering from severe dyslexia Charlotte graduated 3 years later with a 2.1. and explains her journey: “I cannot stay that it has been easy, I suffer from dyslexia which means my reading and writing age is much lower than the age I am. I really struggled at times with aspects of my course but I received great support from the lecturers and technicians at the university; they supported me with issues in and outside of University.
“The glass technicians taught me everything I know and I am very grateful to them all. I would advise anyone who struggles to just follow their ambitions, as it is possible.”

Charlotte’s work draws inspiration from nature: “My work is mainly based around restrictions and impediments; how things grow out of other objects and protrude out of the other. Take "The Sap" series for instance (pictured), this is about how the sap grows out of the tree. I used the glass with the wood to show the restrictions. When the glass is blown onto the wood it has been restricted of its natural movement, meaning that it will only fit back into the wood in one particular way making each piece unique.

“My interest with nature comes from my childhood living in the countryside I have always loved the outdoors. I think it is to do with the freedom, how nature just plants itself and decides the location in which it will grow into a form of beauty. I love the movement and the way plants grow and the path that is left once an object has gone. But it’s also about locations, memories, smell, sound the senses, emotions that you experience that often stay with you forever.”

Charlotte’s future aims are to better herself as a glass maker. She would eventually like to work as an assistant for a glass maker and carry on making her glass sculptures.
Charlotte’s work will be on display in our annual MA Show this autumn, follow us on twitter: @WLV_Arts and Facebook: /WLVArts for details when announced.