MBE for hot-glass sculptor

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A FORMER Hucknall woman who has blossomed into a successful entrepreneur has been awarded the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

Ingrid Pears (pictured), who now lives in Mansfield Woodhouse, is the founder of the Ingrid Pears Hot Glass Studio, which is based at Thoresby Park in north Nottinghamshire.

She has been recognised for services to the export business. In 2010, she received the International Business Award for Established Exporter (to Brazil, Russia, India and China) from the UK Trade And Investment organisation.

Ingrid said: “I am thrilled and delighted by the news of the MBE. I still cannot quite believe that it is true. I feel proud to receive such an accolade and to represent Britain overseas.”

The company, which was established in 1999, creates design-led crystal-glass pieces — from vases and paperweights to sculptural glass art. Its speciality is in the area of blown glass, but it offers all types of glass — from kiln work to glass engraving.

The clients for Ingrid’s stunning and vibrant contemporary glass sculptures include the British High Commission in Mumbai and Delhi, India, and organisers of the Bollywood film awards ceremony. She has even been commissioned to create a piece for the spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama.

Ingrid is the daughter of Keith and Yvonne Pears, who used to run a general goods and off-licence corner shop on Hucknall’s Washdyke Lane. She is a former pupil of Hucknall’s Holgate Comprehensive School and is proudly mentioned on its website.

Ingrid embarked on her creative odyssey at West Notts College in Mansfield where she studied art and design. She then went on to Middlesex University to study 3-D design, specialising in glass, which led to a post-graduate qualification from the International Glass Centre in the West Midlands.