Meet Sarah Wiberley

Sarah Wiberley began glassmaking in 2001 during her studies at The Surrey Institute of Art and Design, graduating with a first class honours in 3D Design in 2004. It was during this time that she began to discover her love of combining imagery with glass forms, experimenting with cutting through glass layers of different opacities.

She went on to work for a number of glass studios honing her craft before embarking on a masters degree at The Royal College of Art, graduating in 2011. Here she had the opportunity to develop her own style through the skills she had learnt over the previous years. Sarah continues to develop her work in her London based studio, as well as working as part of the London Glassblowing studio team.

About The Work

The focus of Sarah’s glassmaking revolves around her love of colour. She adapts traditional techniques to suit her expressive style, balancing the fluidity of glass forms with her precise imagery and pattern work. Sarah brings a contemporary style to the traditions of glassblowing, introducing a unique approach with her hand-made glass vessels. 

Her Cameo Series was inspired by investigating the ornament and traditions of English 19th century cameo glass. The decorative floral motifs, inspired by original cameo designs, have been infiltrated by modern imagery. New series, including Going Around in Circles and Bermondsey Street Hues, use some of the simplest of cutting techniques to reveal highly complex patterns within multiple layers of glass colour. Sarah’s painstaking and skilled technique requires a tremendous degree of patience and persistence to reveal the complexity of patternwork she achieves.