Our Glass Studio
TIMELESS ART GLASS
As an innovative and creative second-generation designer/glassmaker my desire to work with glass and constantly experiment with new techniques is our driving force. For more than 20 years, I have researched, developed and refined a wide variety of techniques to combine my fascination with studio glassmaking, technology and graphic arts. I fuse graphic imagery – sometimes elaborate and figurative, with the molten fluidity of hot glass, to create both contemporary and classical works.
Cameo and gräal, along with multi-layered ‘hot’ surface decoration form the core of my technical repertoire, enabling tremendous scope for colour, shape and pattern.
My first pieces of Gräal were produced in 1988, using relatively simple patterns, which I drew by hand onto the surface of the glass and then carved through the layers of colour. I continued to develop this process, which lead to the refined and detailed designs that we continue to produce today. I introduced the use of 22ct gold and sterling silver leaf into my designs, the first collection of which was launched in 1992 in Harrods and Liberty of London with tremendous success.
In 1999, together with my wife Alison and our small team of highly skilled Artisans, we set up our leading edge studio, located at the Coalport China Museum in the Ironbridge Gorge, World Heritage Site, which provides the perfect haven for us to continue our progression of combining innovation and technology with ancient craftsmanship, which provokes an exciting combination. Gallé, Carder and Tiffany were others who used science and technology in the development of their work. Without technology and creative drive there is no innovation, coupled with a passion for sublime craftsmanship and total commitment in providing unique, high quality, competitively priced art glass with impeccable service.
“Their extraordinary skills and expertise in design, engraving and carving have allowed them to produce some of the most exquisite forms of surface decoration to be found within the history of glass”
THE CHOSEN SITE – COALPORT & IRONBRIDGE GORGE
Opening times 2013: You are most welcome to visit our studio at the Coalport China Museum however, please be aware that our showroom is not open every day and we are not glassmaking every day. Please call us to check details 01952 246381 / 588441
Our small glassmaking studio is located in the courtyard of the Coalport China Museum, on the banks of the river Severn, nestled within Shropshires picturesque and famed Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.
You can visit our studio and showroom at no charge and in addition you can also wander around the museum and view the historic collections of Coalport China.(There is a charge to explore the museum)
This idyllic setting has inspired many of our designs such as Wilderness & Watergarden and ‘Horizon’which is based on the surrounding Shropshire landscape. We have skillfully applied layers of enamel colours, straps and trails to create the 3d undulation of the hills and valleys, set against the tranquil sky.
We are keen to impart our knowledge of this ancient craft and therefore our studio and showroom is open to visitors who can witness the making of these fascinating pieces. You can watch the master glassmaker turn a ball of red hot molten glass into a stunning vase, goblet or perfume bottle, adorned with a myriad of colour, flowers, 22ct gold or sterling silver leaf. You can watch the step by step process unfold before your eyes and marvel at the skills of the glassmaker as he applies the enamel colours, canes, straps, silver and gold leaf, before browsing around our showroom and enjoying the finished pieces.
Our showroom houses a selection of items ranging from hand made glass marbles, paperweights, perfume bottles and vases all at factory prices, to hand carved cameo and gräal limited editions.
The Ironbridge Gorge is the birth place of industry and is now home to ten individual themed museums, all focusing on an area of historic importance to the Industrial Revolution. Here, there is something for all ages, young and old and a very memorable and enjoyable visit lies in store. Awarded with the title ‘Family Attraction of the Year 2003’, we guarantee that you will not be disappointed.