Glory Art Glass, Melville Street, Sandown, Isle of Wight Making a bird
From our small studio on the Isle of Wight we make our colourful glass. We also sell most of our glass in the studio so we get to meet the people who buy our glass. Now we are on the web and some of our current work is available for purchase online. Each piece is signed and dated, packed carefully and sent ASAP.


The furnace holds 300 lbs of molten glass in a tank at a temperature of 1100 C . The glass is gathered from the furnace by dipping a heated iron into the glass and turning the iron so that glass gathers on the end of the iron. The clear glass is coloured by dabbing it into trays of coloured glass powders and frits. The colour sticks to the surface and by reheating the colour is fused to the surface. Sometimes more clear glass is gathered over the colour to make a larger gather. The gather is usually taken to the bench now and worked with various tools including steel, paper and wood, shaping and blowing alternately until the shape is achieved.
When you are happy with the shape you need to finish the top or neck, the assistant gathers on another iron and this iron is stuck to the base so that the piece can be released from the blowing iron. The top is then reheated in the Glory Hole before the glass is pliable and can be formed into a neck.
When the piece is finished it is still very hot over 500 C and has to be cooled evenly in an oven overnight to ensure the glass is without stress. Often there is cold working to be done, cutting, grinding, smoothing and polishing. Each piece is unique one in a series of endless combinations of colour and form.

Modern glass belongs to a tradition going back over 4000 years, Roman glassmakers working 2000 years ago would recognise most of the tools and techniques in use today. Glass has always been precious, highly skilled work and prized by Kings and Governors. The modern movement in Studio glass has provided a very collectible art form particularly in America where it is the dominant art form. Sculptures, torsos, blown vessels, goblets, jewel like colours.

Glass should be displayed in plenty of light to bring out all its qualities, it reflects light, refracts it, it can capture the world around it in its surfaces, distort and focus light. The shadows cast by glass are a delight moving as they do with the light source, a whole room can be drawn with patterns from a small glass piece. The pure and radiant colours can be opaque or translucent, swirl inside the glass or sit on the surface like a painting, the colours react with each other changing patterns and tones even textures. Your eye can be stopped by the surface or drawn into the depths of the glass, colour can vary from sharp techno colour to the most subtle and organic forms, the glass can imitate a rock, the sky a bird, fish, a bone a butterfly. It s potential is infinite limited only by the skill and imagination of the maker. Glass has been made for more than 4000 years and yet you can still feel you are only scratching the surface. Swift difficult and demanding it showers the maker and owner with rich rewards.


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