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Juli Bolaños-Durman

Juli Bolaños-Durman

During her MFA in Glass degree show at Edinburgh College of Art, Juli, originally from Costa Rica, won both the New Designers CGS Associate Prize 2013 and the Scottish Glass Society Prize for Best Glass Student at ECA Degree Show 2013. With the help of LAUNCH.ed, Juli was able to get a Tier 1 visa, and later an extension on her visa, in order to start her studio practice in the UK. Juli’s work, in addition to winning prizes, also won her a contract with a leading international art dealer and Artist in Residence positions in Jewelry and then in Glass at ECA.

Juli specializes in, among other things, glass engraving, which has been a declining skill in the UK. Juli continued to expand her practice with a 2015 grant from Creative Scotland to pursue her ‘Made-up Museum of Artefacts’ series, a new body of work inspired by precious heritage objects from historical civilizations, their craftsmanship and cultural legacy.

Juli’s work has been purchased by the Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (MUDAC) in Lausanne, Switzerland and featured in the popular magazine ELLE Decoration, among others. After her Tier 1 visas, Juli was able to apply for and was granted a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa, and she continues to practice in Edinburgh.

Awards and funding: 12th Arte Laguna Prize-Special Prize Awarded by The Basu Foundation, Kolkata India 2018. Winner of the Jerwood Makers Open 2017, Inches Carr Scottish Crafts Award 2017, Exceptional Talent (Promise) Visa endorsed by Arts Council UK, Hothouse 2017 Scottish cohort, Winner of the ELLE DECORATION British Design Awards 2015 – Eco Design Category, Open Project Funding – Creative Scotland 2015, New Designers Contemporary Glass Society Associate Prize 2013 and The Scottish Glass Society Prize for Best Glass student at Edinburgh College of Art 2013.

Commissions and Museum Collections: 2016 Royal Edinburgh Hospital Commission-Glass installation for the new Psychiatric Building in Edinburgh, Scotland. 2014 Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (MUDAC) in Lausanne, Switzerland. 2013 Chancellor’s Fellowship Award Commission presented by the Chancellor of the University, Princess Anne, HRH The Princess Royal.

Exhibitions: 2018: European Prize for Applied Arts Exhibition organised by World Craft Council – Belgique Francophone. Real to Reel: Craft Film Festival – 3rd Edition at Picturehouse Central for London Craft Week. 2017: London Design Fair with Craft Scotland and Emergents, London, UK. Jerwood Makers Open Exhibition, London, UK. The Scottish Gallery, March Exhibition, Edinburgh, Scotland. Design Dubai Days with Crafts Council UK, UAE.


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