Andrea Spencer is an artist working primarily in glass. Her work is concerned with exploring the natural world to express concepts related to being human. Finding inspiration in nature, she investigates natural forms which are either transformed into symbolic objects or abstracted to create artworks containing a personal narrative. Her process usually starts with collecting or recalling something seen or found in the natural world. This becoming a point of departure, she proceeds by manipulating and transforming the material (glass), creating, assembling and arranging forms, ultimately to display a feeling, emotion or physical condition. Using both traditional and innovative techniques of flameworking glass, her work possess qualities that reflect the intricacies of the natural world and contain elements that highlight its beauty and transience.
Andrea Spencer graduated Edinburgh College of Art in 1993 with a BA (hons) in Architectural Glass. Her small-scale sculpture and site-specific installations are concept driven, exploring natural forms to create artworks that carry a personal narrative.
Spencer maintains an emphasis on the unique properties of glass, exploiting the qualities of transparency, fragility and fluidity intrinsic to the material and employs techniques to encapsulate, contain and protect, alongside elements to define, brace, bridge and support.
Andrea’s work is held in significant public and private collections, has been exhibited in the UK, Europe, USA and China and since 2008 has regularly featured in the British Glass Biennale. Her work has been included in the Corning Museum of Glass’ annual New Glass Review (2010). She has received significant awards namely the Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award 2017. Residencies include artist-in-residence at North Lands Creative Glass (Scotland).Teaching includes national and international glass schools such as Pilchuck Glass School (USA) Bildwerk (Germany) and The Royal College of Art.