Leading Cornish glass artist Gregg Anston-Race creates his stunning contemporary glass at the Craft Fusion Studios on the banks of the River Tamar that divide Devon & Cornwall.
Gregg, who was born in Truro and now lives on the North Cornish coast is strongly influenced by the landscape and heritage of his native county, distilling into his glass art the essence of the Cornish countryside and organic colours created using the natural minerals that gave Cornwall its rich mining history.
After leaving College Gregg worked in, and ran, various art related businesses where he developed his passion for art glass. Several years ago Gregg opened his own Studio, Craft Fusion Ltd, near the source of the River Tamar on the Devon and Cornwall border.
Gregg can usually be found on the beaches around Bude with a surfboard in tow when he's not in the Studio.
Lorraine lives on the Somerset Levels near the River Yeo. Her glass journey began several years ago, discovering the craft purely by accident whilst working with other mediums. Following her initial training at Warm Glass UK, she has completed further courses and has recently returned to college to study Art and Design.
Her work is inspired by the beauty of the area in which she lives, both coast and countryside. She also finds inspiration within the glass itself, the colours, textures and variations are endless, even the chemical reactions can be quite beautiful.
Her love of colour shows in her original bold, bright designs.
For my glass landscapes I use an amalgamation of transparent, hand-made streaky glass, sheet glass, Frits and powders. These usually have several firings, cold-worked and often sandblasted remove the shiny aspect of glass. I feel sandblasting reveals an extra depth to detail and colour.
Born near Bath, I attained a BA Hons. Degree in Three-Dimensional Design from Bristol Polytechnic and went to work in exhibition design, graphics and marketing. After studying Applied Arts at NEWI, North Wales I started my 'second career' in glass.
My workshop is based in Wem, Shropshire not far from the Welsh border. It is this countryside, as well as the coastline of Pembrokeshire, that are a constant inspiration.
Helen Davies is a contemporary glass artist who studied at the North Wales School of Art and Design. She set up Fired Contemporary Glass producing handmade timeless pieces in her studio in Lymm. Influenced by nature and the elements, her artwork adds ambiance to its given surrounding.
Sheila’s fused glass work grew from a hobby making small items for friends in her home county of Somerset.
Interest is now being shown in more contemporary tableware and decorative pieces with
Sheila’s glass combining art with practical use.
All pieces exhibited in A2 gallery can also be made to individual requirements in a variety of colours and design.
My work is inspired by the beautiful Somerset countryside and the nearby Jurassic Coast. I work with a large variety of coloured fusing glass to build up layers of colour. The glass is fused in the kiln at high temperatures. By varying temperatures and timings different textures can be created within a piece. I often like to include metals such as copper sheet and wire within my work. I am just beginning to learn the techniques of working with glass enamel powders which will enable me to achieve an even more diverse range of work. I make everything from large splashbacks, sculptures and wall panels to coasters and bowls, hangings and jewellery and anything else that takes my fancy along the way!
Born and raised in Scotland Debbie left to study in London. Six years later after a holiday in Cornwall she moved to Penzance (1996) as it provided an idyllic environment in which to bring up her family. In fulfilling her desire to live by the sea, Debbie believes her artwork conveys her love of Cornwall, with its calm pace of life and beautiful scenery. Inspired by her long walks through the coastal villages and the reflection of light on the sea, Debbie translates these images by using bold colour and simple shapes to express the unique tranquility of Cornish life.
"I am mainly influenced by British beaches and coastlines, our colourful beach-huts, cottages, windbreaks and bunting. Scotland also remains close to my heart so my frequent visits to family will also play a part in my work.
I create pictures that make me happy and hope they evoke a positive feeling in others, either as a memento of a special place, or simply as a colourful picture to escape a grey day."
Glass is the heart of my items and what an incredible medium it is. Did you know it is actually classified as a liquid? There is something mystical about glass. It has its own mind and it can tell us so many stories. Static, yet ever changing.
My designs are all developed and individually handmade by me, therefore every piece is unique. I work with foiling and leading mostly but like to incorporate other materials and particularly enjoy metalwork creating everything from small ornaments, tall sculptures to domestic window panels.
Stephanie runs The Biggar Glass Works, based in Biggar, South Lanarkshire, Scotland.