About The Artist
Zoe has practiced as a professional artist and designer since graduating in 2000. Working for LA Studio’s London, Danny Lane London, Cydonia Glass Studio Sydney Australia and the National Glass Centre Sunderland. In 2005 Zoe graduated with Masters in Glass Design and went on to start her own business in 2006 as a resident artist at the National Glass Centre, before moving to 36 Lime Street Newcastle in 2012.
Zoe’s produces sculptural art and interior installations to commission, Her work has been displayed in galleries exhibitions both Nationally and Internationally. Zoe’s work has been featured in glass and Craft publications in the UK and her jewellery art has been featured in many high street publications including Vogue.
Alongside her practice Zoe has been teaching glass techniques in workshops and funded specialised projects, for the public and private adult and school groups since 2007, Zoe specialises in a technique called flame working using flame torches to melt and sculpt glass, Zoe is the flame working Tutor for public lessons for the National Glass Centre. Zoe is also a visiting lecturer in Flame Working for the University Of Sunderland.
Using Glass as a predominant medium Zoe is interested in the use of symmetrical form, reflection, optical illusion and magnification, exploring visual language questioning what is really real, the transparency of the glass posing the question what are we able to reveal and what should remain unknown.
2005 Masters in Glass Design Sunderland University
2000 BA Hon’s Glass Design University of Staffordshire
1998 Diploma Foundation Art and Design Nene College Northampton
Flame Working, Kiln Casting, Fusing, clay modeling , Mould Making, Two part Blowing Moulds, Glass Blowing & Assisting,
Teaching & Lecturing
2016 Sacred Heart School introduction to flame working
2016 Private Tuition Flame Working Feb 16 Rachel Gretton, Helen Pailing & Claire Todd
2016 National Glass Centre public glass flame working tutor 2013-2016
2016 36 Lime Street Studios, Studio glass workshop tutor with artist Joanne
2015 University Of Sunderland One to One flame working techniques Sessions with Students.
2015 University Of Sunderland Visiting Lecturer in Flame Working Ma Students
2015 Glass Beats Funded By Youth Music Lead Artist & Tutor making Glass Instruments with Schools.
2015 Barbara Priestman Summer School Lead Artist & Tutor working with children with Autism &
Asbergers to design and make a large installation, to be displayed perminantly.
2015 Forward Assist Lead Artist & Tutor for flame working skills and making glass
poppies. Forward Assist Veteran Support Charity who work to make avialable
‘life changing’ projects and opportunities to former servicemen and women who are experiencing
difficulties in adjusting to new life as a civilian.
2015 Grundfos team building Lead Artist & Tutor on one day workshop
designing and making a sand blasted triptic wall panel.
2014 Gillian Dickinson Project, National Glass Centre/NGCA & Gillian Dickinson
Trust Education Project, Sunderland, UK Lead artist with two schools.
2014 Tuffnell Glass Bend Me Shape Me & All that glitters is glass, master class flame working tutor
2014 University Of Sunderland Visiting Lecturer in Flame Working Ma Students
2013 University Of Sunderland Visiting Lecturer in Flame Working Ma Students
2013 University Of Sunderland Summer School Visiting lecturer teaching
international students flame working skills.
2006-2016 National Glass Centre/Centre Of Life Long Learning, public Glass workshop Tutor in flame working, kiln forming
glass techniques, recycled glass, sand blasting and also teaching children’s classes in mosaics and glass painting.
2007 National Glass Centre Making Good Use Of The things that we find Recycling craft business studies project working with a
local school delivering a 12 weeks of glass skills sessions each week making an item they could sell to raise money at a Christmas
craft market, coasters bowls jewellery were just some of the items made.
2006 National Glass Centre/Wearside Glass Sculptures Light My Fire 3 day Master Class Event Organiser and TA to International artist,
Ben Evers Flame working Class, Wearside Glass Sculptures,
2015-16 Director, Board Member and website commitee member 36 Lime Street
2015-16 Event organiser 36 lime street Open Studio’s events throughout the year.
2015 University Of Sunderland Event organiser & technical assistant on a series of demo’s performed
by international flame working artists from British Columbia Canada Ben Evers, Steffan Hunt, and Richie Mcbeath of Ourglass
2012 Glass gallery assistant Art In Action
2010- 11 Charity Trustee/ Director & Board Member, Creative Cohesion Glass Education Network
2007-12 Merge Contemporary Craft Fairs Founder and event organiser
2004–09 Website Coordinator , Cohesion Glassmakers’ Network
2008 Heritage Open Day workshops with Children Sunderland Council
2008 Co Curator and event organiser Blast!!! Contemporary Glass Exhibition London Glass Blowing.
2005 Studio team glass blower and assistant the National Glass Centre
2003 Studios Studio team co-ordinator & designer Cydonia Glass Studio Sydney Australia
2001 Glass Blowing assistant L.A. Studio Glass London
2000 Studio Team Assistant Danny Lane Glass London For 20th Century Design Show New York.
1995-1997 Part Time Sales Assistant Studio Gallery Cambridgeshire
2015 British Glass Biennale Exhibiting and interactive piece entitled the experiments
Wish You were Here Glass Post Card Exhibition Contemporary Glass Society exhibition Ruskin
Glass Centre running alongside the British Glass Biennale.
2012 Creativitiworks professional development exhibition National Glass Centre
Medallion Exhibition Contemporary Glass Society International festival of glass. Sponsored by Mark Holford
Sea The See exhibition Washington art centre
The Craft & design Selected Award Winners Exhibition Ferrers Gallery Leicestershire
2010-12 Demonstrating Artist and exhibitor Art In Action Oxfordshire
2010 The Summer Collection at the SDC Gallery, Shorditch, London
2009-10 Blast! Contemporary Glass Exhibition Zest Gallery, London (CGN)
2009 Artomatic Washington D.C. USA
Affordable Art Fair London
Unpolished CGS online exhibition for glass jewellery
Glass Wear 09 Zest Gallery London
2008 Blast ! Contemporary Glass Exhibition London Glass Blowing (CGN)
Affordable Arts London
333 Washington DC USA
British Craft Trade Fair
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester
Cohesion Showcase Pyramid Gallery York.
Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair
2007 Cohesion Glass exhibition Pyramid Gallery York
Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair
2005 Vetrospective The Biscuit Factory Newcastle
2000 Candid Arts Islington London, Show of contemporary glass fountain.
New Designers, The Business Design Centre Islington London.
2016 Demonstrating Artist Festival of Architecture Reflections, glass, water, art & science The Haining Selkirk
2010-12 Art In Action Demonstrating artist in flameworking
2012 Torcher Tailor Performance artist flame working, music and the construction of a glass wedding
dress. As part of the international festival of glass.
2011 Craft & Design Magazine Select Awards
2011 Vogue, Harpers Baazarr, Company High Street Edit
2016 Dekota Hotels bespoke cocktail strirers
2010 North East Equality Awards
2010 Les Azuriales Award
2009 Vivian Westwood boutique table lamp
2007 Shell Live Wire Awards One Best Way
2015 Identity, Inspiration, and Transformation presentation and workshop at 36 lime street for visitors from the University in Taiwan
organised By Marc Chein Northumberland University.
2013 University Of Sunderland my practice as a glass Artist.
2009 Art Conceptions in Current Flame working sponsored by IIRG institute for international research in glass, at Sunderland University,
on contemporary flame working and my work.
2009 National Glass Centre Artist Talks my practice as a glass Artist.
2008 Shipley Art Gallery, artist talk on flame working.
2004 University of Staffordshire, Artist talk on future careers as a glass designer/maker.
Grants, Funding , Awards, & Collections
2015 Worshipful Company Of Glass Sellers Master’s Commission Competition commended maker.
2015 Creative Glass Guild Award for a flame worked Object shortlisted artist.
2012 Canon Bill & Jeannette Hall Fund awarded for a collaboration between Joanne Mitchell (waterjet)
Joschi Herczeg (Photographer Swiss) and Zoë Garner (Flame Worker) to create glass explosions.
2011 Manchester Metropolitan University Collection chain gang stuck in the middle (flameworked)
2011 Craft & Design Select Award Silver for Glass.
2010 Canon Bill fund promotional material
2009 Creativitiworks fund silver jewellery Birmingham University
2008 Winner of the Pearsons Glass prize for best use of flame Working
2008 Cultural Business Venture Arts Council
2008 AA2A 100 hours access to develop my own work at the University of Sunderland.
2007 Product Development Grant
2007 CSDI funding for skills development through Cohesion Glass Network and Northern Cultural Skills Partnership
2007 Global Grant Gateshead Council.
2006 Arts Council Grants For Individuals Canadian Glass Conference.
2009 Creativitiworks Fund learning new skills Jewellery Making with Carlton Campbell Birmingham School of Jewellery