1988 BA Hons 3D Design (Glass) Sunderland Polytechnic
International Glass Centre West Midlands
Studio in Nottingham
Stuart has always found inspiration from nature; his use of vibrant colours and rhythmic patterns echo the flora and fauna of the ocean. He creates beautiful glass, working in lead crystal he designs and personally blowsHis most recent design projects are wall mounted sculptures reflecting the appearance of deep sea creatures. Stuart says “Since the first moment I worked with hot glass I knew I had found the medium I would use for the rest of my career. I love using glass, where the finished piece is a solid form but creates the sensation of movement and grace.”
Stuart has been making glass for over 20 years. His glassmaking career began in the North East and in 1991 he set up Stuart Akroyd Glass Designs where his creativity flourished. In 1999 Neues Glas Review selected one of Stuart’s one-off forms in their 100 best pieces of glass made in the world that year.
Stuart moved to Nottingham in 2000 and expanded his studio to give his professional development a new direction. His adaptation of traditional Venetian techniques expanded the physical possibilities of how the glass could be worked and led to a whole new range of designs.
Stuart makes several ranges of production Glass based on natural forms, and a dislike of symmetry. This theme continues into his one-off work where hot forms are twisted and stretched, then cold carved and polished creating vessels reminiscent of the flora and fauna of the ocean.
His adaptation of traditional Venetian techniques expanded the physical possibilities of how the glass could be worked and led to a whole new range of designs.
Stuart is recognised nationally and internationally as an accomplished designer/maker, sought after for commissions and collections; both public and private.