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Mieke Lily Van Orden

I was born, brought up and educated in SW Scotland. At the age of five, I attended Kilquhanity House, an alternative school in Scotland. Philosophies of the school included respecting each person, despite their age or status with equality, and in encouraging creative processes in the students in all forms, especially the hands-on arts. This school gave me chance to do screen printing, woodwork, painting, ceramics, and textiles from a very young age. We also learnt about community living and working together. It was during this time that I was drawn to the qualities glass and ceramics mixing the two mediums and experimenting with them together.

When I was eleven, we moved to Victoria, B.C., Canada and live there for five years. I was first captivated with glass art through my visits to Starfish Glass, a hot glass studio in…

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  • Joined November 2, 2011

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Glass, Copper, silver, printing ink, ceramic, Silver, Deep engraved Glass, Wildbloodglass

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About

Mieke Lily Van Orden

I was born, brought up and educated in SW Scotland. At the age of five, I attended Kilquhanity House, an alternative school in Scotland. Philosophies of the school included respecting each person, despite their age or status with equality, and in encouraging creative processes in the students in all forms, especially the hands-on arts. This school gave me chance to do screen printing, woodwork, painting, ceramics, and textiles from a very young age. We also learnt about community living and working together. It was during this time that I was drawn to the qualities glass and ceramics mixing the two mediums and experimenting with them together.

When I was eleven, we moved to Victoria, B.C., Canada and live there for five years. I was first captivated with glass art through my visits to Starfish Glass, a hot glass studio in Victoria. I spent most of my high school years in the metal jewellery shop working with silver and other metals.


At age 21, I completed a Higher National Diploma in Art and Design in the George Street Art School, in Dumfries, Scotland. During those two years, I worked with a kiln glass artist, Amanda Simmons. I was a part of her creative process and she tutored me in my own work. The time I spent there helped me understand the challenges of being a glass artist.

I decided to study (2008 - 2011) at the impressive Glass department at the University of Sunderland, because of its staff, facilities, BA/MA/PhD programmes. Located in the National Glass Centre, with The Institute of Research in Glass, this fitted the requirements of my practice.

However my family home and non-term time base is in SW Scotland. My summer home is on Quadra Island British Columbia Canada. I am now working on a range of copper and glass Jewelry as well ac creating epic works of art in my chosen medium glass. I graduated my Honors degree with a First Class and am now setting up my own studio.
Which brings me here to Etsy and Wildbloodglass.....

I hope you all find joy and inspiration in my work.

Thanks, Miekelily
Wildbloodglass.

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