Spin Sugar Bowl (Fern Cut) (detail), 2010
Crystal Milk Bottle (Fern Cut), 2005
Crystal Milk Bottle (Five Ring Cut) (detail), 2005
24% lead, crystal glass; Mould-blown, hand-cut
Photo: Nick Moss
Sweet makes design-led products using traditional craft techniques. Elements of the familiar are re-interpreted to make a new object; simple forms, with subtle decoration, executed to a high standard. The milk bottle is an environmentally friendly design classic, but holds little value in our society. Reproducing it in 24% lead crystal transforms it into an object to be treasured.
Each piece is hand-blown in lead crystal, which “has the most brilliant twinkle” after being hand-cut and polished.
Samantha began working with glass at Buckinghamshire University while studying for a BA Hons degree in 3 Dimensional Design. She then took an apprentice style position at Victoria Glass run by Catherine Hough and Steven Newell which provided an opportunity to extend her technical skills and learn about all aspects of running a studio glass workshop.
Samantha has attended Pilchuck Glass School, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Royal College of Art alongside residencies at the International Glass Centre and Broadfield House Glass Museum.