WITH her creative flair, and eye for detail, Yorkshire’s Eloise Alsop is a force to be reckoned with in the glassblowing world.
Ms Alsop, who is a trainee glassblower at York-based Yorlab, has brought a national title back to Yorkshire. She’s been awarded the coveted AD Wood Cup in recognition of excellence in scientific glassblowing by the British Society of Scientific Glassblowers.
Ms Alsop, who has been a glassblower at YorLab for two years, is set to complete her training later this year, when she sits her final exams.
She said yesterday: ‘‘Winning this award, and being acknowledged by experienced glassblowers who truly recognise the level of work I have produced, is a great confidence boost. I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and the chance to demonstrate the variety of techniques and skills I have learnt whilst working at YorLab.”
YorLab, which has 25 staff and a total annual turnover of around £2.5m, is a laboratory supplies company, offering more than 300,000 products to the scientific industry.
The glassblowing service is complemented by an engineering arm which is involved in the design, construction and assembly of process engineering units for the pharmaceutical, fine chemicals and petrochemical manufacturing sectors.
YorLab’s head glassblower Tony Mercer also achieved success at the British Society of Scientific Glassblowers annual awards.
He won the David Flack Memorial Trophy for the second year running, after demonstrating his artistic ability by creating a glass steam train. Mr Mercer said the company’s success at the awards highlighted the team’s inventiveness and versatility.
Alex Davis, the managing director of YorLab, said yesterday: ‘‘It is fantastic to witness Eloise and Tony win these awards.
“Our glassblowing team has 100 years of combined experience between them.”