Midwinter Mirror


Midwinter Mirror by Laura Carlin was inspired by Laura’s residency at Holkham Hall facilitated by The New Craftsmen and Laura’s first foray into translating her work into metal. During a residency on the Estate, Laura found breathtaking the abundance of wildlife, birds and animals. The increase in birds is perhaps the most spectacular change in the ebb and flow of Holkham’s wildlife and so Laura sought to capture the busy yet serene scene of birds nesting, bathing and feeding around the water’s edge. Suspended in cast bronze, Laura has used the mirror to reflect the water and celebrate the birds living around it.

Material: Cast Bronze
Dimensions: Width: 50cm, Depth: 3cm, Height: 70cm
Care Instructions: Dust down using a soft bristle brush or soft cloth
Lead Time: 14 weeks


The creative process behind the mirror started with a series of drawings, mainly observational, of the different birds at Holkham. She then began to form these using Fimo,working in black to try and reduce the pieces down to character and silhouette, and not relying on colour or fine detail. Once she was happy with her method of making, she started to curate the characters around the mirror frame,“striking up conversations and narratives between the different birds”.To bring the piece to life, Laura has collaborated with the Castle Fine Arts bronze foundry to expertly cast individual models and the frame in patinated bronze.

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The Maker Laura Carlin Illustrator & Ceramicist - London

Laura Carlin is an award winning London based ceramicist and illustrator, whose eye-catching designs and quirky sculptures have developed a cult following in the UK and abroad. Laura’s accolades include winning the Bratislava children’s book illustration awards, the first Brit to hold this title in twenty years. She has won the Quentin Blake Illustration Prize two years in a row whilst studying for her master’s at the Royal College of Art.