Ingrid Pears MBE, Glassblowing in her studio at Thoresby Park.
The molten glass is over 1100 Degrees Celcius, a similar temperature to molten lava in a volcano!
The glass is floating on a bed of wet newspaper. The steam from the wet newspaper causes a bed of steam in between the molten glass and the newspaper.
International Glass Artist Ingrid Pears M.B.E. is the Founder of INGRID PEARS HOT GLASS STUDIOS which is run by Ingrid & her team.
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Ingrid has a small team of highly skilled and dedicated glass makers, including metal engineers and cold glass workers and volunteers which assist her create her unique glass art designs.
This collaboration of people, also includes; young apprentices, students and volunteers from The Duke of Edinburgh programme. This studio prides itself on having a happy atmosphere in which everyone works together as a team and provides a warm welcome to all visitors.
Ingrid designs and makes outstanding studio glass art for a world-wide market. Each piece of glass is created individually using the finest crystal glass. Precious metals and oxides are used to achieve the rich vibrant colours and purity of design which is globally synonymous with the name ‘Ingrid Pears M.B.E.’, which is why Ingrid's business names are linked in to her own name.
Peoples own experiences and life journeys are also used as inspiration within the glass designs, from their own personal experiences happy or sad, including Ingrid's own life experiences. Glass pieces are created as works of art, including bespoke art for Galleries, Weddings and Memorials, as well as glass made with loved ones ashes inside. Many pieces of Ingrid's art glass pieces find themselves in private and public collections across the globe.
Ingrid has been working with glass for many years now, her passion began whilst studying for five 'A' Levels, across the arts and sciences, with the intention of going into the field of Dentistry. Ingrid was interested in the sciences and the arts and was torn between the two contrasting routes.
Ingrid decided on the route of dentistry, but before embarking in a career in dentistry chose to take a year out doing something very different and creative; studying art and design on a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at West Nottinghamshire College of Art & Design, Nottinghamshire. Ingrid decided to have a year to indulge herself in the arts and prepare for the long road ahead in the sciences.
However, after much experimentation and the freedom to play and explore a variety of mediums in art, Ingrid found glass and decided to follow her dreams...
Glass was a totally new and exciting medium for Ingrid to work in. Ingrid says "It was a euphoric moment, finding a material that combined all of my loves... science and art. It changed my life literally. Glass opened up so many doors to new and exciting things, including travelling around the world".
After studying for a foundation course in general art and design, Ingrid undertook a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree in Three-dimensional Design, Specialising in Glass and graduated in 1998 from Middlesex University, London.
Later that year Ingrid won a Scholarship from the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers of London, which allowed Ingrid to study postgraduate Glass Techniques and Technology at the International Glass Centre, West Midlands. UK.
Ingrid went on to win:
The Frederick Stuart Memorial Award 1999 for the ‘best blown piece of glass’ that year.
In year 2001 Ingrid continued her success and won the Craftsman Magazine Award at the British Craft Trade Fair. Since then Ingrid has achieved short-listings for UK Trade & Investment 'International Business Awards 2008 & 2009' for her contribution to work invested inward into India and 'The Nottinghamshire Creative Business Awards 2009' for 'Project India' .
In 2010 Ingrid was a winner and a finalist in the UK Trade & Investment International Business Awards for 'Young Exporter 2010' (finalist) and WINNER of 'Established Exporter to India 2010' as part of the BRIC category for International Trade Exports (Brazil, Russia, India & China).
In 2012 Ingrid was awarded an MBE by the Queen in the New Year Honours List, for contribution to the Export business.
In 2013 Ingrid was shortlisted for the FIRST WOMEN AWARDS 2013 in June, hosted by the CBI and Real Business For the manufacturing category.
Ingrid Pears-Hot Glass Studio not only produce unique and limited edition pieces of glass which can be viewed here: Portfolio & Signature Style Glass but also offer courses in glass as well as ranges purposely made for corporate giftware, commemoratives, anniversaries, long service awards, memorials, restoration and Jewellery. Ingrid Pears MBE exhibits Nationally and Internationally in galleries, stores, private and public collections.
"A huge thank you to Ingrid and her team, in making a very special commission for us for our Golden Wedding Anniversary - it was an amazing process to watch and we will treasure our piece of glass forever."
Mr & Mrs Timmerman
CONTEMPORARY STUDIO GLASS DESIGNED & MADE BY INTERNATIONAL GLASS ARTIST