Nicky Lawrence - Jewellery Designer Maker
Nicky makes wearable and non-wearable sculptures. Her work is inspired by the coral reef and aims to generate discussion around the plight of the reef, due to global warming. She works in blown glass, fused glass and metal.
The nudibranch (sea slug) jewellery can be worn as brooches or reversible pendants and, when not worn, sit on their ghost-like glass reef, becoming a piece of art. The nudibranchs start as a piece of sheet metal, which she drills into and domes, using a hydraulic press, then fills with glass and puts in the kiln. The glass fuses through the holes, leaving the iconic gills, reminiscent of nudibranchs.
The milky-white blown glass tubular reef emulates tube sponges. Nicky blows the glass in the hot shop, then sandblasts it to give the effect of a bleached coral reef.
The blown glass tumblers are also reminiscent of the reef, drawing their colours and organic shapes from the vivid colours below the sea.