posted on 10:10 AM, November 14, 2016
Tango 30 H X 20 W (approx per piece) Cast soda glass with flamework , pate de verre and inclusions

Tell us about yourself!
My partner Christian Arnold and I have recently relocated to Asheville, North Carolina from Melbourne, Australia, and set up casting and flameworking studios here. I started many years ago with flat glass, moving on to fusing and slumping, until retuning to Monash University in 2002 to study casting in the glass department.

What draws you to the material you work with?
Glass is the most exciting material for the effects I want to achieve, and is completely addictive as well. I chose casting as my main technique, specializing in large scale pate de verre, and have been working on incorporating flamework into the process for the last several years.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
I do mainly work derived from interpretations of the natural world. Marine life is a particularly strong interest of mine. I love abundance and color, and have a highly embellished style.

What is your dream project?
To have access to a borosilicate furnace, and pursue my interest in combining casting with flamework. I am extremely interested in collaborations with other artists.

If you weren't working in this field, what career would you choose?
I was a psychiatric social worker for many years, running a recreational program utilizing outdoor adventure, art and music, I would probably look for something back in that field.

What's something about you that most people don't know?
I recently married the love of my life, after a short 12-year engagement.

Why are you a member of GAS?
It is important to support the peak body of your profession, and GAS offers great opportunities to connect and form relationships with other glass artists, as well as seeing what new advances and work they are doing. I was on the board of Ausglass for many years in Australia for the same reasons.

Visit Laurie Young's GAS member profile here.

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