With a background in architecture, Karlyn Sutherland began working in glass in 2009. Since being awarded her Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Edinburgh, Sutherland has gone on to exhibit nationally and internationally with her glass work where she explores light and shadow influenced by her experience and interest in abandoned spaces.
Sutherland has received numerous awards including an Endeavour Research Fellowship 2016 at the Glass Workshop of the Australian National University Canberra and the 32nd Rakow Commission from the Corning Museum of Glass in 2017. Most recently, Sutherland won the 2019 Craft Scotland Prize for Design and Craftsmanship. She has completed an Artist Residency and solo exhibition at Toyama Institute of Glass Art in 2018.
At the heart of Sutherland’s practice is people and place. Communicated through her work is a contemplative personal experience and understanding of a space and place through abstraction of form and colour. Sutherland filters spatial qualities and feeling into light and atmosphere.