Isla makes contemporary glass artworks and jewellery from her Grey Lynn studio. She lived and worked in London for 10 years before returning to New Zealand in 2007 to have a family.
Glass is both subject and object in Isla’s work and it’s chemical and physical properties fascinate her. In recent years Isla has shown her work at a number of national and international exhibitions including the prestigious Wallace Art Awards and the International Cliftons’ Art Prize.
“Lampworking is an ancient and magical process, with a chemical intrigue that borders on alchemy, and as a contemporary artist I find its lure irresistible.” - Isla Osborne
Wearing glass started as a part-time creative adventure and has developed into a passion for glass jewellery. And because every bit of glass is individually lampworked, each piece of jewellery is unique. A refreshing change in a market saturated by mass-produced replicas.
Isla supports the Child Cancer Foundation by donating her handmade glass beads to the Beads of Courage programme. Beads of Courage provides a physical story of a child’s journey, recognising strength and courage during their cancer journey. Children are given a bead to represent every treatment they undergo (chemotherapy, injections, scans); an experience (hair loss, isolation, fever) or milestone (completion of treatment) and often have long strings of beads that demonstrate their resilience.