I completed a BA Degree in Design with Surface Pattern and Glass in 2000, in 2012 I completed a Masters Degree in Design, Ceramics and Glass.
I have always been surrounded by art and a love of nature, I came to glass by accident in 1998 and have explored its properties and played with it ever since. It is this science that often leads my ideas experimenting in my studio with surfaces and textures.
I first have a sculptural approach to my art with drawings and photographs and then I choose my materials, glass is selected for its transparent, translucent or opaque qualities. Colour is secondary to the desire to create a feeling of what I am describing in glass. I like to explore form and surface using a variety of other materials combined with the glass with particular attention to the shadows that form in the surrounding environment.
The techniques I adopt for my art pieces are then also transferred to a practical collection of vessels, bowls, platters and dishes.
The heart of my creative endeavours are bound in, knowledge, truth and the joy of making.
I work from my new studio, Bal Maiden Studio Glass, in West Cornwall. We have over a decade of experience working in glass. We design and produce traditional and modern glass for domestic and architectural spaces. Our bespoke commissioning service offers a wide variety of techniques and finishes including leaded stained glass, fusing, sandblasting, kiln-formed casting and painting. We also offer courses for beginners and workshop facilities for the more experienced.
Istra Toner was born in 1947 in Montenegro. Since 1968 she lives in the UK. She studied psychology and psychotherapy at Reading, and London Universities and worked at Cambridge, London, Chester, and Liverpool Universities. During this time she kept up with all forms of art. graduated in Applied Art and Design, from Glyndwr Universiti in Wales in 2008. She now runs community projects in U.K. and from her studio in Croatia. She is a regular exhibitor in UK and abroad. www.istrauistri.blogspot.com