Virginie Vincent - Decoupage
Virginie Vincent grew up in the mountains of Auvergne in Central France and qualified as a business lawyer at the University of Clermont-Ferrand in 1987. She moved subsequently to London in 1988 where she worked in the City for a few years before changing career and setting up her own business teaching French to professionals in 1993. Working independently allowed her to concurrently fulfill her life dream and become a creative artist. She trained at Westminster College as a ceramics artist first and shared for a few years the Fire-up studios at the Westbourne Studios in London with fellow ceramics artists Orna Bird, Sonia Watson and Reet Gilday. Her work is very varied and encompasses many aspects of glass techniques. It is sculptural as well as functional. She works with one particular theme at a time for long periods, developing the idea with every new piece. Nature is one of her great sources of inspiration, a reminiscence of her childhood spent in rural Massif Central. She created a collection inspired by the Great Barrier Reef with its colorful creatures and structures. She also loves working with 'found objects' such as glass bottles and containers creating atmospheric and practical vessels, mirrors and light boxes. Working with glass has opened the door to the infinite magical world of shapes, colors, textures and light.