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Callula Glass…Handcrafted in Britain by Joanne Taylor
I create decorative and functional fused glass pieces for the contemporary home. I love using bold palettes to created themed colourways, which I regularly refresh to reflect key seasonal styles. Each colour themed collection has a range of different complimentary pieces which are designed to be mixed and matched. Each piece is unique, tactile and collectable.
I am inspired by modern interior and graphic design as well … read more
Elin makes contemporary hand blown glass for gifts, decoration and lighting. All glass is made by Elin in her glass blowing studio in Alloa, Central Scotland. Clients are individuals and businesses looking for modern bespoke sculpture, panels, awards and corporate gifts. Elin sells her glass in galleries and online.
Gillian makes kiln formed glass panels, bowls, arcs and dishes inspired by nature. Gillian also makes abstract pieces. She exhibits at craft fairs, markets and galleries.
I am an enamel artist and I make panels and kiln fired enamel light switches which I sell from my studio in Bristol. Designs include flowers and animals, cityscapes and fun designs for children and I am also happy to take commissions.
Janine Partington is a designer-maker based in Bristol who combines the traditional craft of enamelling with fresh, clean, contemporary design to create framed panels, jewellery and sculptures.
Enamelling is the art of fusing glass onto metal. Janine creates intricate hand-cut stencils which she then lays on to copper. Her stencils are in the main inspired by trees, flowers, seedheads and the natural landscape. After sifting the powdered enamel over the stencil, Janine fires the piece at a high temperature in a kiln. This process is repeated many times until the work is finished. No two pieces are identical due to the nature of the process.
I produce vibrant contemporary wall hung mosaics working with a mixture of materials from vitreous glass and ceramic through to natural marble and slate. I also like to incorporate individual pieces of vintage porcelain or worn down ceramic found washed ashore British beaches to give my work a greater depth, with each fragment holding a hidden history or journey of its own.
I produce mosaic panels, commissioned house numbers and personalised wedding hearts and am also showing my work in exhibitions.
I’m exhibiting at the Nottingham Contemporary (Weekday Cross, Nottingham, NG1 2GB) on Sat 1st and Sun 2nd December. See www.nottinghamcontemporary.org for details.
‘Liquid Glass’ is the collaborative work of glass-makers Kim and Thomas Atherton. From their studio, which is situated in a beautiful riverside valley that straddles the Somerset and Wiltshire border, they create a range of collectable, contemporary and colourful mouth blown and hand sculpted glass. The range includes vases, bowls, wineglasses, perfume bottles, lighting, wall art and site-specific windows and panels.
They will also happily work to commission; recent projects have included lighting for Heston Blumenthal’s new London restaurant and perfume bottles for the National Trust.
I am based in Cornwall and make colourful contemporary blown glass including solid glass cupcakes and hanging vases.
My ideas are drawn from plants and flowers and the actual process of manipulating hot glass. It is a bewitching process that is constantly challenging.
I am always happy to work to commission, enjoying the process of working with a client.
I have been making glass beads since 2005. The glass is the focus of my work therefore my designs are simple ensuring the qualities of the medium are not compromised in any way. The beads are kiln annealed ensuring strength and durability to last a lifetime. My work is both unique and collectable.
Designed to be treasured and worn everyday my glass beads will I hope delight you, re - awakening the pleasure of tiny things we all enjoyed as children!
I make fused glass panels to order. I like to work with texture and iridescent glass so they are interesting even when not lit from behind. These can be incorporated into double glazing if required. I also make kiln-formed bowls and candleholders, and am working on some designs for lighting.
Roxanne graduated in 2008, gaining a BA(Hons) in applied art, specialising in glass. She currently produces cast and fused glass pieces and dichroic glass jewellery. With her cast glass items she likes to work in a way which challenges the perception of glass being ‘fragile’ by producing thick, chunky pieces, often using solid colours and contrasting textures. With her fused glass pieces and jewellery she concentrates on the way that the colours can be transmitted by light and on patterns within the glass. Her work is always bold and vibrant, as colour plays an important role. She is happy to discuss commissions of any variety.
I was first introduced to Contemporary Enamelling during my Masters degree in Print Making. Enamelling is the art of fusing glass onto metal. I like to use copper for its versatility and its beauty as a base metal. My work takes multiple short firings to create an individual piece.
My inspiration spirals from a multitude of objects that carry a history. The origins of this inspiration develop from my fascination with the juxtaposition of artefacts, objects and specimens found … read more
My craft is mosaics. I collect, scavenge and treasure hunt individual fragments of tesserae, one of the greatest enjoyments of mosaicking, getting inspiration from the everyday and broken. Individual bits of discarded crockery and glass that colour and sparkle, that would otherwise be abandoned and thrown away are given a new life, a new journey, a new history.
My love of texture and pattern began after graduating from Lancaster University with a BA(Hons) in Art, Craft & Design, I have since fallen in love with the exquisite possibilities of mosaics. The juxtaposition of glass, ceramics and rich colour is lush and exciting and my techniques are raw, simple and traditional and enjoy the restoration and recycling of the beautiful.
Each item is unique and all products are totally handcrafted. They range from small pieces set in hand painted frames to large framed pieces and reclaimed shop torsos.