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Nina Casson McGarva

  • Glass sculptor
  • Upton Bishop, United Kingdom
  • Master Artisan
Nina Casson McGarva Glass sculptor
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Textured in glass

  • • Nina grew up in a family of craftworkers
  • • She specialises in kiln-cast glass and hot-shaping by hand
  • • Her studio is on her family's farm converted into workshops

Born in Gloucester, England, Nina Casson McGarva grew up in the middle of the countryside in France. Her maternal grandparents were both potters, her mother makes textiles and her father is also a potter. “I always knew I was going to ‘make’. I didn’t know what I was going to make nor what material I was going to use. As soon as I was old enough to go to school to learn a craft, I chose one that I couldn’t learn at home with my family.” She started with wood and trained as a cabinetmaker at the age of 15, but after two years decided to try glass. In 2007, aged 17, she began her training as a crystal glassblower at the Ecole Nationale du Verre, Lycée Jean Monnet at Yzeure, France. “That’s when I realised I really loved glass as a material and it stuck with me.”

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Works

  • © Nina Casson McGarva
  • © Nina Casson McGarva
  • © Nina Casson McGarva
  • © Nina Casson McGarva
  • © Nina Casson McGarva
Photo: © Nina Casson McGarva
Yellow Lichen I

The yellow and grey crystal glass sculpture, made of kiln-cast glass, shaped hot by hand from the open kiln and engraved.

Length 60 cm
Width 22 cm
Height 43 cm

Photo: © Nina Casson McGarva
Curled over I and II

This duo of jade and grey crystal glass sculptures, are made of kiln-cast glass, and is shaped hot by hand from the open kiln and engraved.

Length 37 cm
Width 30 cm
Height 34 cm

Photo: © Nina Casson McGarva
Green leaves II

This olive green and light grey crystal glass sculpture is made of kiln-cast glass, shaped hot by hand from the open kiln and engraved.

Length 49 cm
Width 28 cm
Height 33 cm

Photo: © Nina Casson McGarva
Kelp swell

This kelp and jade coloured crystal glass sculpture, made of kiln-cast glass, is shaped hot by hand from the open kiln and engraved.

Length 54 cm
Width 16 cm
Height 47 cm

Photo: © Nina Casson McGarva
Winter Leaf I

This brown and light grey crystal glass sculpture, made of kiln-cast glass, is shaped hot by hand from the open kiln and engraved.

Length 36 cm
Width 29 cm
Height 33 cm

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