Glass designer Gaea Todd won with an installation called Reverberations. The piece, which features moving wine-filled glass tubes inserted into dents and holes in walls, aims to demonstrate the human presences retained by buildings.
Todd was awarded the prize at the launch of the fourth BGB, held in Stourbridge. The £3000 prize is one of six awards, totalling £11 500, competed for by more than 200 glassmakers.
BGB Jury chair Reino Leifkes says, ‘The strong conceptual element of Gaea’s work, combined with the use of space, movement and graphic depth, is what really impressed us with this piece.’
Shelley Doolan won the Glass Sellers Award, and Jeffrey Sarmiento was awarded the runner-up prize in the same category. The Student Award went to Lisa Sheppy with Margareth Troli winning the runner-up prize in that category. Tim Boswell received the £1000 Art in Action Award for contemporary glass for his piece Afrika 1 Timbukone.
The pieces will be exhibited at the International Festival of Glass, which runs until the 30 August at sites across Stourbridge’s Glass Quarter.