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Elin Isaksson

Elin was born in the Philippines but was raised in the north of Sweden near the Lapland border where summers are warm and bright, and winters are long and dark.

At the age of 19, during art studies, she visited a glass studio and had the opportunity to give glassblowing a try. She was hooked!

Pursuing her new passion, she enrolled in formal training at the Orrefors Glass School in the famous region of Kingdom of Glass, south of Sweden.

Elin moved to Scotland in 2001 to study for her BA (Hons) in Glass at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA). She then graduated with an MA in Applied Arts in 2006 and continued at ECA as Artist in Residence for another two years teaching undergraduates the basics of glassblowing whilst building her portfolio of commissions. Further training followed, including master classes with Dante  and Simon Moore at North Lands Glass Centre in Lybster.

She joined her husband in India for a year, enjoying the chance to research and network with glassmakers around the country. Upon returning to Scotland in 2010, it was time to launch her first glassblowing studio which ran in various forms for almost decade. In 2019 the workshop finally found its forever home in the historic town of Dunblane where Elin and her family lives.

Elin design and creates functional hand blown glassware, interiors accessories and unique sand cast pieces for the home. 

Inspiration

Elin draws inspiration from fond memories of her homeland Sweden, like ice fishing and cross-country skiing in the snowy mountains. Her work is inspired by her early Scandinavian glass training and the minimalist and functional forms which still influence her work today.

Her colour palette is influenced by the moody Scottish landscape and also by her time spent in India, which has brought splashes of bright pink and gold into her work.

Her designs often reveal a sense of movement, capturing the inherent energy and fluidity of working with molten glass. Blowing glass is a constant battle against heat and gravity and many new ideas are born through observing the behaviour of glass whilst making other work.