Isla Osborne

Wearing Glass

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

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.

 

Beads of Courage

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.