Introducing our Six Artists in Residence for 2021


"Excited and nervous about learning a craft which is so  dangerously delicately to master as well the potential to finally be exploring spaces with new people again."
Lead by the emotive, visual poetics of the in-between, Estabrak’s particular interest lies in honest approaches to ignored sociopolitical realities, usually explored through progressive, cross-disciplinary ways of storytelling.
She is an award winning artist, film maker, facilitator and researcher committed to inclusivity and a participatory arts practice.

Named one of “five incredible underwater artists” by the BBC, for the past seven years Estabrak’s work has been engaged with concepts surrounding the intersections between human behaviour, water and our environments; centering racial, social, humanitarian and climate justice.

Based in London and working internationally; she is originally from Iraq, born in Iran and raised in London, after having come to the UK with her family as a child refugee.





Jonny Briggs

"I'm thoroughly excited about starting the Glass Lab Residency - my mind is racing with ideas and possibilities, and after a year at home, I can't wait to meet other people, and make kinaesthetically again."

studied at Chelsea College of Art (BA, First Class, 2008) and Royal College of Art (MA, Distinction, 2011) in London.

Awards include Saatchi Gallery UK/raine Finalist, 2014, 2017 and 2018 Paul Huf nominations, Foam Talent 2014, the 2011

Conran Award for Fine Art, a Lumi Honorary Art Award (2011), Saatchi New Sensations 2011 Winner, The Catlin Prize finalist

2012, and a NESTA Creative Sparks Award.

Solo exhibitions include Burgh House and Hampstead Museum in 2021, Photoforum Pasquart Photography Museum in Switzerland 2017, N Contemporary in Milan 2021 and 2015, Marie-Laure Fleisch in Rome 2015, Julie Meneret in NYC 2014, Simon Oldfield Gallery in London 2013, FaMa Gallery in Verona 2012, and White Project in Paris 2012.

Group shows include Shanghai Centre of Photography, Open Eye Gallery (Liverpool), The Benaki Museum in Greece, 5 exhibitions at Saatchi Gallery, 176 Zabludowicz Collection, Art Station Dubulti in Riga, Jerwood Space and Photographers' Gallery in London, The Mark Rothko Centre in Latvia, L'Atelier Néerlandais in Paris, Centre Photographique in Normandy, The Marta Herford Museum in Germany, Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Stilll Gallery and Galerie d'YS in Belgium and East Wing Gallery in Dubai.

Work has been published in the British Journal of Photography, The Guardian, The Times, The Independent, Arte, Aesthetica Magazine, Elephant Magazine, The Financial Times, La Stampa and national newspapers of France, South Korea and The Netherlands, and documentaries of the work have been shown on Channel 4, Sky TV and French and German cable TV. Jonny is currently an Associate Lecturer at London College of Communication (3rd year Photography BA degree).




Halima Cassell MBE 


"I am extremely excited and I’m very grateful for this wonderful opportunity of professional development within my practice. I am looking forward to working with and amongst professionals within this field and with like minded creative people."

Work in public collections

Victoria and Albert Museum, London
The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire (installation of two sculptures)
The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong
Manchester Art Gallery
The Collection of Her Highness Sheikha Maryam Bint Mohammed Al Maktoum, Abu Dhabi
Birmingham Museums
Antony House, Antony, Cornwall
The Collection of Her Royal Highness Rania Al-Abdullah, Jordan
Jerwood Collection (three individual sculptures and one wall sculpture)
Leeds Art Gallery (sculptural installation)
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Touchstones Rochdale
Higham Hall, Cockermouth, Cumbria (two individual sculptures)
The McManus Art Gallery and Museum, Dundee
Harris Museum, Preston
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Bolton Museum and Art Gallery
Gallery Oldham
Peter Scott Gallery Trust, Lancaster
Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai, India
Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery (sculpture, 2005; wall sculpture, 2013; five wallpaper designs,
Kirby Gallery, Knowsley
Cassell has worked on many public and private commissions for both interior and exterior spaces.


Earth | Atmosphere: Ceramics by Halima Cassell. The Shape of Things: 2010 Adamson, Glenn
(ed). Things of Beaut Growing: British Studio Pottery. Yale
Center for British Art: 2017
Cassell, Halima. Carved Earth. Shisha: 2004
Cassell, Halima. Araam: Breathing Space. 2009
Fondazione SEM. Halima Cassell Residency in Pietrasanta. Studio SEM,
Pietrasanta, Italy: 2012
Hooson, Duncan and Anthony Quinn. The Workshop Guide to Ceramics. Thames and Hudson: 2012
Lambirth, Andrew. Dreams Made Manifest: Ceramic Work by Halima Cassell.
North Lincolnshire Council: 2009
Lambirth, Andrew. ‘Light Structures’: Halima Cassell at Blackwell. 2012 Peterson, Jan and Susan Peterson. The Craft and Art of Clay: A Complete Potter’s Handbook. Laurence King Publishing: (fifth revised edition) 2012 de Waal, Edmund. The Pot Book. Phaidon Press: 2011

Cassell’s work has also been featured in numerous books, leading magazines and art journals.

Achievements, scholarships and residencies

2021 Awarded MBE for services to Art
2004 to date Visiting lecturer: nationally and internationally, at colleges,
universities, museums, gallerie and other institutions
2018 Winner: The Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Hong Kong
2018 Elected Alumni: University of Central Lancashire, Preston 2016 Elected Fellow: The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS)
2013-14 Research grant: Explorations into Concrete, Knowsley Museums and Art Galleries – six months 2011 Scholarship: Brian Mercer Stone Carving Residency in Pietrasanta, Italy – three and a half months
2011 Elected Fellowship: The Craft Potters Association (CPA)
2010 Elected Member: The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) 2010 Honorary Fellow:
Blackburn College
2010 Shortlisted: BCB Awards ‘One Off’ category
2010 Tel Hai Ceramic Symposium, Israel – two weeks
2009 Residency: Pakistan – two months
2008 Residency: 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe – three months
2007 Residency: Fuki, Japan – eleven weeks
2007 Invited guest: World Contemporary Ceramics 4th Biennale, South Korea
2005 Winner: Creativity Development Award, East Lancashire 2005 Finalist: ART 05, North West
2004 Nominated and highly commended: New Designers, One Year On, London


2003 PDQ – Technology for Designer Makers, Manchester City College
2002 MA – Design, University of Central Lancashire
1997 BA (hons) – 3D Design, University of Central Lancashire 1994 BTEC National Diploma – Art and Design, Blackburn College


2021 Force of Nature, Glyndebourne, Lewes – Solo show
2021 Natural Geometry, Gallery Pangolin, Stroud – Duo show
2019-20 Eclectica: Global Inspirations, Manchester Art Gallery – Solo show
2017 Monumental, Yale Center, New Haven, CT, USA – Selected group show
2016 Outside In, Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, Northumberland – Solo show
2013 Catching Light, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London – Solo show
2012 Light Structures, Blackwell, The Arts & Crafts House, Windermere – Solo show
2009 Parcours Ceramique Carougeois, Biennial, Geneva, CH – Invited Guest
2008 World Contemporary Ceramics 4th Biennale, Seoul, S. Korea – Invited Guest
2008 Dreams Made Manifest, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre – Touring solo show – 9 venues
2007 Spring Show, Yufuku Gallery, Tokyo, Japan – Invited Guest
2005 Carved Earth, Bolton Museum and Gallery with Shisha – Touring solo show – 8 venues
2004 Maths & Nature, Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery – Solo show



Camilla Hanney

I’m thrilled to be taking part in the upcoming residency and am looking forward to learning the language of glass making alongside a selection of talented artists and incredible technicians!

Working through ceramics, sculpture and installation Camilla’s practice explores themes of time, sexuality, cultural identity and the corporeal, often referencing the body in both humorous and challenging ways. By subverting traditional, genteel crafts she attempts to transgress and contemplate conventional modes of femininity, deconstructing archaic identities and rebuilding new figures from
detritus of the past. By materialising the familiar in an unfamiliar context her work stimulates our ability to rethink our relationship towards objects, threatening the natural order and toying with the tensions that lie between beauty and repulsion, curiosity and discomfort, desire and disgust.

Camilla Hanney (b. 1992) is an Irish artist living and working in London. She is a Graduate of Goldsmiths University Masters of Fine Art programme (2017-2019) and also Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology (Visual Arts Practice 2010-2015). Since moving to London, her work has been exhibited by a diverse range of galleries including the South London Gallery in conjunction with Bloomberg New Contemporaries, No. 20 Arts and The Rosenfeld Gallery. Camilla was the 2019/20 recipient of the Sarabande foundation studio bursary. She was granted the UK Young artist of the year runner up award at its inaugural award ceremony which was held at the Saatchi . She received the ‘Committee's Choice’ prize at ‘Exceptional’ an exhibition of recent graduate work at Collyer Bristow Gallery and was recipient of the zealous: Sculpture stories prize. She was recently selected as one of the  Gilbert Bayes Sculpture Award winners and was granted the 2020 Irish Visual Arts Bursary Award. Her work has been featured in articles by elephant magazine, wallpapermag, Showstudio, Mission Mag and Harpers Bazaar.

Instagram: @camilla.hanney


 Chuting Lee

"I can't wait to start this journey with The Glass Foundry to explore all the techniques to support my art-making practice."


Chuting is a performance artist and maker, who's practise is centralised on narrative identity through the exploration of cultural influence and conflict of self.

Graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2015, where she specialised in Footwear Design, cemented her interest in traditional craftsmanship, which led her to delve into her own identity through the making process. Chuting combines craft and performance, creating forms that deconstruct and transform her  subject matter, constructing a surreal landscape through movement and sensory stimulation, working in a diverse range of mediums including leather, ceramics, glass and paintings.

Chuting is from Taiwan, currently based in London.

Virna Pasquinelli

I am a milliner with a passion and pride for my craft, a sensual appreciation of materials and forms and an impeccable eye for details and trends. I love combining traditional with unconventional millinery techniques and materials, accentuating textures and silhouettes.
I take inspiration from urban life and fringe subcultures that exist within it alongside a grounding love for the sophistication and romance of classical culture borne coming from my Roman roots and growing up amongst the majestic art, architecture and mythology that surrounded me during my childhood.
I have been making hats for about seven years and had the pleasure and privilege of working with and learning from some of the best contemporary British milliners such as Philip Treacy and Piers Atkinson. I have experience in couture millinery as well as theatrical having created headwear for a variety of West End shows before setting up my own studio and developing my own ranges. I like my hats to be evocative and inspire discussion, empower the wearer and imbue them with confidence. My hats feature regularly in international magazines including Vogue, Harper Bazaar and Elle to name a few.
Over the last couple of years my work has evolved to include prop making and set styling where I have been able to transfer my millinery skills and understanding of construction and materials, creating interesting objects and props used in window displays, editorial and still life photography. This ‘shift’ has allowed me to experiment with various materials and techniques, encouraged my thirst for learning, confidence creating more conceptual pieces and exploring new mediums, which has all led me to The Glass Foundry Lab, marking a new chapter and the first steps into the beautifully colourful, fragile, refractive world of glass.