Glass is a magical material. It comes in a wealth of rich colours, can be cut with precision, and blends together in intense heat into a new form of even greater strength.
The colour and light refracting properties of glass offer an array of creative opportunities.
Incorporating both contemporary glass fusing and forming methods and traditional leading and Tiffany glass techniques, we aim to bring out the intrinsic beauty of glass in each piece, however simple or complex the design.
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Leaded glass is the traditional and oldest form of stained glass. It is formed by cutting pre-coloured sheet glass and then slotting a length of lead 'came' around all the edges. All the joints are then soldered. If used in windows or doors, every edge is then strengthened with a flexible cement. Leading was the first stained glass method I learned and I still love making designs to order.
The Tiffany Method, also called the copper foil method of stained glass construction involves the edges of each separately cut piece of glass being wrapped in a copper foil 'tape'. The pieces are then joined by soldering them together on both front and back, creating a metal framework that holds the glass pieces together.
I love the property of fused glass as an artistic medium. Unlike most mark-making media, the requirement to cut pieces precisely to shape affects the design throughout the creative process. You can't take it for granted and seeing the outcome, as you open the kiln, never loses its thrill.
Slumping fused glass in a concave mould in the kiln creates an added dimension. It also adds a practical use by changing it into a dish; a beautiful centrepiece for a table or simply a place to put your keys.
Spiral fused glass dish
Three into Seven
Made by hand in my Cotswold studio, these are perfect gifts and can be used indoors or outdoors as suncatchers, hanging ornaments and even Christmas tree decorations. No two are identical.
You're a star / You are loved
I find the Union Flag, or Union Jack, an inspirational design to reproduce and modify. Here are some results of my tinkering.
Union Jack coaster set