Irina Harding - Artist at Holdmand Studios

Russian native met Cameron Oscarson of Tom Holdman Studios and found a new way to express her artistic abilities by working on glass.


Russian native met Cameron Oscarson of Tom Holdman Studios and found a new way to express her artistic abilities by working on glass.


“I find it intriguing and challenging,” says the UVU art student. “Unlike painting on canvas, art glass involves working on many pieces and with other people. You are not the only one in control. It’s a hard medium, and I have worked on finding a balance in my art.”


She especially enjoys her job when she gets to work on the design of a project, such as her recent work on the Come Unto Me panels of stained and painted glass highlighting in the Rome Temple Visitors Center. She is now painting borders for several glass panels that will be shown in August 2019 for a U.N. conference in Salt Lake City. They are representative of the work planned for an ambitious Holdman project called Roots of Humanity.


In addition to art glass, Harding creates children’s book illustrations and marionettes. They enhance her love of the creative process. And when it comes to glass, she considers herself part of an orchestra. “Everyone plays his or her own instrument,” she explains, “and Tom Holdman is the conductor. It all comes together as beautiful blended art.”



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