Lisa Pettibone

Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors

Originally from California, Lisa Pettibone is a UK based visual artist, teacher and curator. She has an MA in art and science from Central Saint Martins London and a BA in 3D design in glass from UCA Farnham. In February 2022, her work travelled to the International Space Station as part of the Moon Gallery ISS Test Mission – the first gallery in space. 

mirrored glass, painted on reverse and set in concrete

Synthesis II

Lisa has used the natural forces in the kiln to alter the shape of the glass, aiming to connect people with the essential processes that have formed us and our environment. The work creates an experience for the viewer, focussing on the distorted image reflected on the surface. However, five circular pieces of the reflection are missing – instead, the natural scene behind emerges through the openings, joining the viewer and the environment.

Artist statement

I am a visual artist working in sculpture, installation and print. With an interest in astronomy and physics, my practice investigates how form evolves through hidden forces such as gravity, energy and tension. Using a variety of materials, including glass, I express these phenomena, evoking direct sensory experiences that connect people to their environment and probe the nature of perception.

Artist CV



2018 – MA Art and Science at UAL: Central Saint Martins Distinction, 2018

2005 – University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey UK, BA (Hons) Three Dimensional Design in Glass, First Class 2005

1983 – California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, California, USA, BA in Graphic Design


Selected exhibitions Joyful Reflections


2022 – New Ashgate Gallery with Contemporary Glass Society, Farnham, Surrey 30 April – 11 June

2022 – Moon Gallery ISS Mission, work selected for 1st gallery in space, launching 19 February 2022

2022 – Collect Open, selected for Crafts Council event at Somerset House, London, February

2022 – Penwith Rhythms, Porthminster Gallery, St Ives Cornwall UK, Oct 9-Nov 14

2021 –  Notre Temps, ArtCan / La Codamine virtual exhibition, 6-26 September

2021 – Surrey Sculpture Society, at Leonardslee Gardens, West Sussex 30 July-5 Sept

2020 – Lockdown Residency Exhibition, co-curated a virtual gallery, 22 Oct-30 November

2020 – Art in the Garden, Savill Gardens, Windsor with Surrey Sculpture Society, 3 Oct-30 Nov

2020 – Transient, ArtCan, online group virtual gallery exhibition, 3-30 June

2019 – Lizard Point Residency Exhibition, Lumen Gallery, London 8-10 Nov-1

2019 – Folds, Project Space Lewisham Arthouse, group show, London 20 Nov-1 Dec

2019 – Emerging Cosmic Landscape, Lumen Gallery solo show, London, 14-28 Oct

2019 – Inspired, London Glassblowing Gallery, group show London, 31 May-15 June

2019 – Affordable Art Fair London (Hampstead) with Made in Arts London, 8-12 May

2019 – Cosmic Sublime, Lumen Studios London group show at the Pie Factory Margate, April

2018 – ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London, competition exhibition October

2018 – Glasshaus XIII, The Gallery at Pardon Mill, Harlow, 20 September-28 October

2018 – UAL: Central Saint Martins MA Art & Science Degree Show: Fields, May

2017 – National Open Art Exhibition, The Bargehouse, London, prize winner, 17-26 November




2020 – Watching the Sun virtual group residency, organised by Mayes Creative, on the theme of astronomy and the prehistoric landscape of Cornwall, 30 November – 5 December

2020 –  Lockdown Residency, collective online residency with 18 international artists, March – June

2018 – 2019 – Initiated by artist Meri Lahti, I managed and curated the virtual gallery exhibition, hosted two talks Mullard Space Science Laboratory, artist-in-residence following the Euclid Mission, 1 year from September

2019 – Arts Council England funded. Included developing work, creative workshops with staff, blog, a film about the residency and exhibition in London in October

2019 – Lizard Point Residency, Lizard Point, Cornwall UK with 19 international artists responding to the history, scenery, and dark skies of the most southerly point in the UK, 27 March-1 April


Awards & Public Commissions

2018 – Awarded the UAL: Art in the Environment Residency at Boisbuchet, France. ‘Solar Furtures’ residency/workshop developing a thin film photovoltaic outdoor sculpture, August

2017 – National Open Art 2017, Installation Prize winner, London 17-26 November

2015 –  Craft Emergency competition, Aspex, Portsmouth, finalist, 11 October-4 January

2014 – The Open West, Cheltenham, competition finalist, 3 May-1 June

2005 & 2014 – Holy Trinity Church, Bramley, Surrey, entrance and chapel commissions

2013 – 2014 – Unravelleing The Vyne, Hampshire, site-specific glass commission for National Trust House, curated by Unravelled Arts, June 2013 to January 2014

2012 – 2014 – National Trust: Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, two interactive sculpture commissions for the Fox Talbot museum gardens installed June 2012 to June 2014

2013 – Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, longlisted artist, York, 8 March-28 April

2021 – Associations Royal Society of British Sculptors, member

Contemporary Glass Society, member since 2005

Artists Newsletter (AN) and AIR membership since 2005, includes public liablity insurance Axis (, online contemporary artists resources, member since 2005

Lumen Studios, artist collective participant since 2015 Moon Village Association, Cultural Considerations working group member since 2018

2018 – 2021 – Made in Arts London, University of the Arts initiative promoting student alumni

2019 – ArtCan, International artists organisation based in the UK

2021 – Selected Talks & Events & Publications Northlands Creative Glass Centre, Artist Spotlight featured artist, May 2021 Art Seen Magazine, published by the Curator’s Salon, featured artist May

2021 – UAL Artists for the Environment: Conversations Series, speaker 3 February

2020 – Sci-Art Magazine, New York, featured artist, April 2021 European Space Agency, Netherlands, The Art and Science of the Euclid Mission, seminar and workshop, February

2019 – UCL London, Emerging Cosmic Landscape Symposium, event speaker and organiser, Oct

2018 – University of Surrey, Surrey Sculpture Society invited speaker, October

2018 – Central Saint Martins curated a London Laser talk RE: Thinking Space, selected four speakers and organised workshops (I ran a paper sculpture workshop), November

2018 – International Day of Light, Chelsea College of Art, London, symposium (selected one speaker) and participated in the accompanying exhibition 14 -16 May

2018 – University College London, Space Week, Moon Village Workshop artist speaker, April

2018 – Arts Catalyst London, Intimate Physics event during Ethereal Things exhibition, collaborating with UCL High Energy Physics students making hands-on physics objects, June.

2009 – ongoing – Teaching Home studio, Gomshall, Surrey, teaching glass-making courses from my workshop since 2009

2015 – International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge, UK, master class glass-making tutor, May

2013 – The Glass Hub, Wiltshire, teaching advanced glass-making courses since

2012 – Richmond Adult Community College, Surrey, February 2011-May 2012



Born in Oakland, California, I am married with two adult children. With a degree in graphic design, I worked in retail and branding design in San Francisco, Paris and Amsterdam. In 1992, I moved to the UK and in 1998 became art director for BBC Books. In 2001, I left to freelance and pursue sculptural glass. After completing a BA hons (1st Class) at UCA Farnham I established a studio in Surrey and in 2018 I gained a MA in Art and Science from Central Saint Martins, London. My art practice includes exhibitions, commissions and teaching advanced glass-making courses from my studio and other venues. I regulary take part in, and organise, art/science activities.