Stuart Akroyd

Cirfunkerance Bowl
Venetian (adapted multiple encalmo)
14cm x 46cm x 46cm (large)
Photographer Tim Spriddell
Elipse stem vase
free blown
25cm x 8cm x 5cm
Photographer Tim Spriddell
Topfin bottle spike
free blown
21cm x 11cm x 5cm
Photographer Tim Spriddell
Elipse vase tall
free blown
33cm x 10cm x 6cm
Photographer Tim Spriddell

Stuart Akroyd is an award winning studio glass designer – maker based in the UK. He creates forms in vibrant colours and organic shapes. Instantly identifiable his work possesses a sense of movement and grace within the solid form.

Stuart’s designs begin with an idea inspired by forms and patterns that catch his eye, be it in nature or architecture. After sketching the initial designs, he progresses through experimentation with the glass and making a 3D form. These initial prototypes are then further refined to produce the final piece.


2018- Present Design Ambassador, Design Nation
2000- Present Stuart Akroyd Contemporary Glass, Nottingham. Moved to expand and develop new working techniques
2016 Speaker, Crafts Council, Talent Development
2013 Mentor, Design Factory
2010-present Occasional Selection panel member, Design Factory / Design Nation
2009-2012 Speaker and mentor, Nottingham Trent University
1991-2000 Stuart Akroyd Glass Designs, Sunderland. Started own business.
1996-2000 Non-executive Director, Arts Resource, Sunderland
1991-1999 Visiting Lecturer, Sunderland University.
1989-1991 Designer and Head Glassmaker, Lakeland Crystal, Cumbria
1988-1989 International Glass Centre, postgraduate training, Brierley Hill, West Midlands
1985-1988 B.A. (Hons), 3D Design, Glass with Ceramics, Sunderland University
1966 Born, Mirfield, Yorkshire

Exhibitions in the last 10 years -Selection-

2018 Art of Glass, National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford
2018 Gifted, National Glass Centre, Sunderland
2017 Design Days, Dubai
2017 Plateaux gallery, London
2017 Eclats de Verre en Bresle, France
2016 British Craft Pavilion, London Design Fair
2016 Maison et Objet, Paris, France
2013 Craft Conversation, New York
2012 British Glass Biennale, West Midlands
2012 Made in the Middle, Touring exhibition, Midlands
2008 British Glass Biennale, West Midlands


2015 Design Factory, Membership Award, Winner
2015 Design Factory, International Excellence Award, Winner
2014 East-West Art Award Competition, London, Contemporary II, Runner up
2012 BCTF Award for Excellence, Winner
1999 In top 100 glass of the year, Neues Glas / New Glass Review, Corning Museum

Work in public places

Wall clock for the Ask Here Desk, Mary Potter Health Centre, Hyson Green, Nottingham.

Work in private and public collections

Cirfunkerance bowl
Bilston Craft Gallery, Mount Pleasant, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV14 7LU

Wall sculpture
Ragdale Hall Spa, Ragdale Village,Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire,LE14 3PB


BATCH: craft, design and product by Andrew Tanner, A&C Black 2010 ISBN 9781408110089