Sam Sweet


I make design led products supported by good craftsmanship, rather than craft for craftsmanship sake. Each piece is hand blown and hand finished 24% lead crystal. While designs are repeatable, every piece is unique and signed to authenticate it. My work is characterised by influences from existing pieces and traditional making processes. I take elements of the familiar and re-interpret them to make a completely new object. The forms are simple with subtle decoration executed to a high standard. The milk bottle is an environmentally friendly design classic, but holds little value in our society. Reproducing it in 24% lead crystal guarantees the bottle being re-used and transforms it into an object to be treasured. Each bottle is hand blown and hand cut with one of a range of different cutting patterns decorating the surface.  New patterns can be made to order.

Education 
2000-2002 M.A. in applied art, Royal College of Art, London
2001 Sculpture in hot Glass with Danny Perkins, Pilchuck Glass School
1999 Casting and Blowing with José Chardiet, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
1998 Advanced Glass Blowing, Dante Marioni & Ben Moore, Pilchuck Glass School
1989-1992 B.A. Hons Degree in three-dimensional design, Buckinghamshire College

Awards
2004 Finalist, Bombay Sapphire Award
Crafts Council Development Award
Woo Charitable Foundation Bursary Award
Scholarship Studio, Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands
2002 Finalist, Bombay Sapphire Award
Residency at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland
Winner of the Lattice Award, Royal College of Art Show
Winner of the Royal Society of Arts Student Design Award
2001 Partnership Scholarship, RCA and Pilchuck Glass School
1999 Scholarship from Haystack Mountain School of Crafts

Selected recent exhibitions
2007 Showcase, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Three White Walls Gallery, Mailbox, Birmingham
Designers of Dartington, Broadfield House Glass Museum, W. Mids.
2006 British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Centre, West Midlands
2005 Cowdy Gallery, Gloucester
‘Collect’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London.  Showing with Contemporary Applied Art
2004 ‘Dressing for Dinner’, Crafts Council Shop at the V&A, London
Solo show, Broadfield House Glass Museum, West Midlands
Bombay Sapphire Blue Room, London
British Glass Biennale, Ruskin Centre, West Midlands
‘Common Purpose’, Selected RCA staff and graduates.  Chambers Gallery, London
2003 New Member Focus, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Design UK: Pick of 2003, London
New Designers, ‘One Year On’, London
‘Fresh Air’ Cirencester, UK
‘Irregular Art Beat’, London
‘Vessel’ Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, London
Contemporary Decorative Arts Show, Sotheby’s, London

Selected publications
2006 Craft Arts International, Issue 68
The Material World, Crafts Magazine, November/December issue
Talent Spot, Grand Designs Magazine, July issue
2005 Glassworks, Elle Decoration, November Issue
Elle Decoration, July Issue
In the Air, Homes & Gardens, July Issue

Exhibitions

Archive

2008

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