Artist working with glass to create bespoke trophies

Design and development excellence is to be highlighted with a stunning series of glass trophies mounted on Kentish Ragstone.

Annie Ross, who works from a private studio in Maidstone, will create the trophies – sponsored by Quinn Estates, with the bases provided by Gallagher Group – for the Kent Design & Development Awards 2016.

Having worked with glass for more than 30 years, Annie began her career as a fine artist but with further postgraduate research in glass at the Royal College of Art, she became a designer for Goddard and Gibbs Studios, a large architectural glass company. Whilst with them, she designed and worked on a range of large glass projects around the world, including domes for mosques in the Middle East, windows for Mormon temples in Salt Lake City and Helsinki plus many secular projects in Europe and the UK. Today her work focuses on kiln casting and sculptural work, designing awards, plus private work for exhibition.

Annie explains: “I really enjoy the challenge of creating a design that fits in with a theme or concept and working with glass to enhance its strength or emphasise its fragility.

“I have designed a number of options for the trophies using different techniques, which can be translated from a small scale in the award to much larger pieces appropriate to architecture.”

Annie’s concepts have been passed on to Mark Quinn of Quinn Estates, which sponsors the trophies and will select the final design.

Mark said: “Our expertise lies in finding opportunities to add value through planning and design, and so it gives me great pleasure to be able to choose the trophy that will be presented to the winners of the Kent Design & Development Awards.”

The final design for the trophies will be revealed on the night of the awards, when the category winners and overall Project of the Year are announced.

Projects still have time to enter the awards, as the deadline for entries is Friday, 19th August.