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Young glass sculptor wins award
Award winning "Lace" alongside a picture of Joanna Manousis
The awarding winning piece took 50 hours to make
A Wolverhampton university graduate has won a prestigious national award.

Joanna Manousis won best newcomer in the Pearson Glass awards, for her piece entitled "Lace".

The 23-year-old, from Shrewsbury, is now travelling to America to work for the top glass sculptor Karen Willenbrink-Johnsen.

Ms Manousis said: "I was overwhelmed to win such a notable and prestigious award within the glass sector of the art world."

She started working with glass three and a half years ago, after studying for a time in New York.

Ms Manousis said: "The trip really opened my eyes on what you can achieve in the medium."

Her award-winning piece is one metre in length and took 50 hours to produce.

The individual pieces of blown glass that make up the canopy are held together on a sheet of plain glass.



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