Perthshire-based stained glass artist Pinkie Maclure has won the £1000 Zealous Emerge Craft Prize for her work, which reinvents the medieval art form to explore the madness of the modern world, through darkly humorous stories and wryly observed imagery.
The prize has been created to celebrate the work of emerging artists across 12 creative categories and is free to anyone to enter.
Distinguished judges this year included the head of the Crafts Council, Rosy Greenlees OBE and artist Yinka Shonibare.
Pinkie Maclure’s stained glass light box ‘Beauty Tricks’ – an exploration of the beauty industry – can be seen in the ‘Art of Glass’ exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland until September. Her stained glass panel ‘The Family’ is installed at Chalmers Sexual Health Centre in Edinburgh. She is a largely self-taught artist, who started working with glass when a friend asked her to help him restore traditional Victorian windows and doors. Frustrated by the designs she was asked to produce, she began to make her own, teaching herself to paint, inspired by the dark imagery of medieval glass.
She first exhibited her work with the ‘Outside In’ organisation, which helps artists who have difficulty accessing the art world. She has also exhibited with the Henry Boxer Gallery at the Outsider Art Fair in New York and was recently interviewed on BBC Woman’s Hour to talk about the transformative mental health benefits of making art slowly by hand.
In 2016, she developed her skills further when she completed a short course at Northlands Glass in Caithness, with Judith Schaechter, the world-famous American stained glass artist, who described Pinkie’s work as a ‘tour de force’.