British contemporary artist Naomi Jacques works predominantly with glass via kiln-forming processes called fusing. She works from her studio space at Unit Twelve Gallery in Staffordshire, the Midlands and creates bespoke glass art sculptures. She uses nature as her inspiration for the forms she creates - often challenging the usability of the form by the material and processes used to create them. These are made in groups or series' of works with a conceptual reason at the root of the making.
In the same year that she graduated from the University of Wolverhampton, attaining a BA (Hons) in Applied Arts, glass artist Naomi Jacques' work 'Mother' was commended by the Contemporary Glass Society in The Glass Prize 2016.
Her work has been described by viewers as diamond, crystal and ice.
Each piece is handmade, making them all individual and unique. Inspired initially by her experiences through life, Naomi's work, and process, has developed and grown from broken and shattered to finding an inner strength and life can be rebuilt becoming beautiful and radiant.
Naomi enjoys the science behind the making and enjoys challenging and adapting processes and the methods of making.
She has had the pleasure of working with Swarovski® Cut Crystal. She was sampled as a designer to explore the cut crystal in her practice. To learn more about Naomi's exploration with Swarovski® please click here.
Naomi works from her home studio in Staffordshire and shares gallery/studio space at Unit Twelve Gallery, with 5 other artist
Challenging everyday functionality, Naomi completed a collection of glass artwork that focused on the form of familiar, useable items.
Using her distinctive technique she created glass sculptures that explored and represented the fragility and delicacy in these functional forms and materials.
Visually stunning, the sculptures making up this series of glass artwork have been described as resembling diamonds, crystal and ice by viewers.
Click here to view the collection of works.
Naomi’s values underpin her work as a glass artist, through which she strives to create bespoke glass artwork that will bring visual delight and continued enjoyment to clients - whether that is from a detailed brief or from her own collection of works.
Naomi is committed to supporting her local community and has a passion for promoting wellbeing. She runs local art workshops for all ages and abilities where she passes on her skills learned as a glass artist and teaching kiln-formed crafts.
Naomi says: “We are all human and we will all have experienced mental health issues either ourselves or in someone we know and love. Whether it is directly or indirectly these issues are real and need our understanding.”
Naomi works to support local and national mental health awareness and care charities in any way she can.
Naomi is a current member of both The Society of Designer Craftsmen and The Contemporary glass Society.