Vicky Higginson

Edinburgh EngravingHot GlassColdworking

I am a hot glass artist based in Edinburgh


In July 2011 I completed an MA in Glass at the University of Sunderland having previously graduated with a degree in 3D Design from Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in hot glass.

Drawing inspiration from a diverse range of sources such as museology, ethnography and anthropology, and popular culture and film, my work aims to interpret my own experience of cultures, people and place whilst celebrating the medium of glass. My approach is two-fold, with my development of glass skills underpinned by research into my chosen subject area.

My most recent work is influenced by my reverence for the skill and aesthetic of the arts of Japan, and is also a personal interpretation of Japanese art and culture. By assimilating certain artistic tropes and ideals but combining these with non-traditional materials and decoration, the work contrasts tradition with modernity, reflecting my experience of modern Japan.


  • 2015

    • In the Window showcase, Bluecoat Display Centre, Liverpool
    • Collective Pop up exhibition, Twenty Eight, Edinburgh
  • 2014

    • Christmas Exhibition, The Craft Centre and Design Gallery, Leeds
    • Handmade for Christmas, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
    • Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair, Old Granada Studios, Manchester
    • Autumn / Winter Collection, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
    • British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate
  • 2013

    • SGS Open exhibition, The Briggait, Glasgow
    • Rare, Edinburgh Contemporary Crafts, Edinburgh
    • Oh My Glass!, Redhouse Cone, Stourbridge
    • Grow! Glass Art at the Botanics, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh
    • Hot Glass! New work from the furnace, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
    • Hot Glass! New Work from the Furnace, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2012

    • Treat pop-up craft experience, St Andrews
    • British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Glass Centre, Stourbridge
  • 2011

    • Craftforms, Wayne Arts Centre, Philadelphia, US
    • Christmas Present, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
    • On the Brink (Contemporary Glass Exhibition), Belfry Arts Centre, Norfolk
    • Biscuit Factory Gallery’s Collection, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle
    • MA Glass and MA Ceramics, Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

Grants & Awards

  • 2015

    • Emerging Artist Bursary, Edinburgh City Council / Creative Scotland
    • Craft Makers Award, Edinburgh City Council / Creative Scotland
  • 2014

    • AA2A artist residency, University of Sunderland
  • 2013

    • Craft Makers Award, Edinburgh City Council / Creative Scotland
    • SGS Travel Award, Scottish Glass Society
    • Arts Trust Scotland Award
  • 2012

    • Arts and Crafts Student Award, British Glass Biennale, Glass Sellers
    • Creativitiworks Fund Award, Creativitiworks, Sunderland
  • 2011

    • MA Show Prize, Friends of the National Glass Centre
    • Professional Development Award, University of Sunderland