A touch of glass

Maria Young's glass sculpture by Levenmouth artist Maria Young
Maria Young's glass sculpture by Levenmouth artist Maria Young

The Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther is showcasing the talents of Leven-based Maria Young, who is displaying a glass sculpture inspired by the East Neuk. The piece was created from fused glass and recycled materials.

Maria created the piece, entitled ‘Lower Largo’, while studying at City College, Glasgow. Already a successful businesswoman, she has taken time away from her work to follow her passion for glass.

She said: “The design is constructed from stone, copper pipe, fishing net, cork floats and two types of glass – recycled float glass and bullseye glass.

“The glass is kiln fired and fused using several different techniques. Two large, triangular shapes representing the waves are the main focus of the piece.

“All the other media was, where possible, sourced from the East Neuk.”

Maria added that one wave represented the cold and wintery coastal weather, using grey, dark blues, white, black and browns. The other simulated a warm summer climate, sunny days and Mediterranean seas. In this wave, frit (crushed glass) was used to create an abstract, rocky texture in turquoise, sea blue, white and hints of yellow and green.

The for-sale sculpture will be on show in the Merchant’s Room, where admission is free, until July 30.