Tell us about yourself.
My name is Ana Laura Quintana. I am an argentine interior designer and love to materialize the pieces that I design.
What draws you to the material you work with?
The glass is perfect for me as a way of expression; you can work it employing so many techniques… I started with this material making stained glass panels. But afterward, to work it in the kiln fascinated me. It is extremely interesting to design a piece thinking how the hot will change the state of the glass so that piece will transmit what I want.
What themes do you pursue in your work, and why have you chosen the processes that you use in your work?
My favorite technique is pâte de verre, not only because of its sculptural possibilities and the exact colour placement but also because it invites me to experiment a lot. I am currently working the paste of glass as a cloth that you can model. The result is very thin and even ethereal pâte de verre vessels, that can sound like bells when they hit with each other because of its hardness, and also they can contain water and float. I always use curving lines and round forms, that connect me with nature giving harmony to my designs.
Why are you a member of GAS?
To be a member of GAS is important for me as a glass artist since it provides me information about international events, and keeps me connected with glass artists from everywhere.