Abundant Glass is the home of contemporary fused glass art and gifts, handmade in the Pennines by Jane O’Neill.
Jane is infatuated with the light, colour and textural possibilities of glass. She manipulates sheets of glass, glass particles and powders using a naked flame, carved fibre paper and a kiln. Each piece is hand sanded and polished to create a professional finish.
The Craft Fusion studio is where glass artist and designer Gregg Anston-Race creates his works of art. Every single piece is handmade by Gregg himself. The studio is a family run establishment, based in the Devonshire market town of Holsworthy on the Devon/Cornwall border.
Gregg was born in Truro and has lived in Cornwall all of his life, growing up in the area of North Cornwall. Regular days out to the coast and to the moors, exploring old mine workings naturally means that most of Gregg’s inspiration for his designs come from the rugged coastline of this area and from the mining history of Cornwall.
Gregg established the Craft Fusion studio in 2005, and since then has built up a large portfolio of galleries where his work is sold, from Penzance to Inverness. Various commissions for private clients and commercial businesses have also been designed and created.
Originally working with coloured glass, he went on to use mineral foils in the glass. This work was greatly influenced by the colours and effects he found in the deposits of metal ores in the old mine workings he had explored as a child, he stayed working in mineral foils until he felt he had developed this medium as far as it could go.
Feeling the need to stretch himself and to take his work on to a higher level, to create more flowing and organic lines in the work and develop new textures, more creative techniques and exciting colours. He now works mostly with coloured glass powder, producing vibrant and organic works of art.
Through experimentation, Gregg has been able to develop techniques for working with the glass powders that are unique to his work, which creates an unusual textured look in the glass, a process that requires a very long time in the kiln. The end result of this process allows the work to take on its organic forms.
Melanie Boorman is a self taught glass artist and works from her studio on the outskirts of Cardiff. Her unique contemporary pieces are kiln formed, using the fusing technique. Different coloured pieces of glass are cut and manipulated into shape, layering onto a piece of clear glass which will then be fired in the kiln for several hours. Her love of colour and anything by the seaside is influenced in her work.
Hayley is a glass blower that puts her designs into practice incorporating traditional methods and modern techniques to keep the ideas innovative.
Glass blowing is full of logical thinking, adrenalin and excitement, there is always something to learn and a new skill to master and Hayley enjoys the process of making glass.
It has a huge element of problem solving and demands quick thinking on her feet, whether in or out of the blowing bench, this drives the artist and keeps the work fresh and exciting. She explores the qualities of glass and expresses this with use of bold colours. She also uses cutting and polishing processes to accentuate these aspects further.
Hayley has had the opportunity to work alongside some amazing and influential glassmakers, which enabled her to establish her work in a number of galleries and exhibitions. She has learned from experienced and respected artists in her field making a wide network of contacts. Hayley has been able to liaise with gallery and shops, so she can achieve the optimum range of work for differing environments.
Hayley feels privileged to work in this industry and would not see herself doing anything else.
Over the years working as an artist in a variety of disciplines, Alex has taken constant inspiration from the different colours, light and textures of the diverse and changing landscapes of the British Isles.
This collection of kilnformed glass takes this inspiration into a glassware for the home. Colours, light and texture are distilled into bowls, glass slabs, platters and small giftware that add subtle colours and catch the light in a room.
The marks and wear of human interaction with place is reflected in the deliberately organic and asymmetrical forms, which are tactile with traces of making from subtle textures on the under surface, making it glass that people want to hold and touch.
Joanna is a designer-maker of contemporary glass using kilnformed and cast glass techniques. She graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham with a first class honours degree specialising in Glass. Joanna enjoys challenging herself and has studied for an MA in glass at UCA Farnham.
Joanna's designs are informed by her previous experiences, firstly as an archaeologist and laterly as a landscape architect.
As an archaeologist, Joanna excavated artefacts, often broken, that sometimes became objects displayed in museums. This has inspired the designs for her most recent work, and she has created a number of pieces in lead crystal glass, casting from everyday domestic objects and wild flowers. These artefacts have the power to invoke strong memories, and by recreating them in lead crystal they become an item of beauty to be displayed and will last forever.
In 2004 Rebecca attended Rosella Chester’s glass workshop in Colchester, Essex. She quickly developed a love for fused glass and in 2009 decided to start selling her glass. Since then her techniques and the quality of her glass have developed considerably - there is nothing quite like creating and experimenting to hone your skills and teach you how different glasses fuse and different inclusions react.
Rebecca loves colour and her glass clearly reflects this. Almost all of the pieces she makes delight in colour and are designed to have light passing through them. Originally all her work was abstract, but in 2010 she began exploring how to represent nature in glass, in particular flowers and wildlife. Rebecca likes to challenge herself to try new subjects and techniques and now explores how to create landscape scenes using just glass.
Jo is inspired by the natural rhythms and patterns in the landscape. Her ideas develop from time spent walking along the beach, picking through objects left on the shoreline and from time spent drawing in the countryside.
Using a technique called 'Pate de verre', meaning glass paste, Jo works with layers of fine coloured glass powder to create drawn and painterly qualities in the glass surface, which are then fused together in a kiln.
Red Flower Glass
Elena Fleury-Rojo is behind Red Flower Glass and specialises in hot blown glass and flamework.
Elena loves the fluidity of glass and that there are many possible ways to work with it and to cold finish it (cut and polish), giving the solid end result its own specific quality. Glass is always a challenge; there are so many possible things that can go wrong. There is always something new to learn, new techniques to try or even sometimes when you think you have made a mistake, you discover a new way of looking at glass and how to work it; it just makes life more interesting.
Traveling has helped Elena to broaden her horizons and skills. Most of the influences for her blown work come from nature and the organic form, encompassing all the wonderful places that she has visited and the amazing natural world that she has seen. With her flamework, Elena keeps it quirky and fun.
After more than 30 years in science & engineering, Iain started learning about kiln formed glass in 2008. He is self-taught, through reading, experiment, mistakes and practice.
Iain's approach is to make designs that are functional and useful, as well as beautiful. Bowls are his favourite form; he likes their appearance and feel.
Iain is currently exploring thicker-walled kiln-formed bowls, using a variety of designs.
Molten Wonky was set up in 2009 by Katie Lynn. Having studied Stained Glass at Chelsea School of Art Katie had experience of working with the wonderful colours that are available in glass but found that she wanted to work in a freer more fluid way.
Katie loves making quirky, colourful and original products. She works in a random and haphazard way and that is all part of her unique work.
Colour and shape are a fundamental part of Katie's work. She enjoys cutting, designing and fusing the glass together. Dichrioc pieces, wire, paint and millefiore are also added to create interest and to make each piece individual.