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Helga Watkins-Baker studied archaeology for her degree before turning to architectural glass, studying in Bristol and then Central St.Martin's College of Art & Design for a postgraduate diploma. She was awarded South West Arts' annual Craft award in 1998 and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers' award for travel in America. Working in kiln formed glass, in 2000 she gained a Masters degree from Wolverhampton University in Glass. Since then she has completed numerous commissions for public and private clients, and teaches glass techniques at degree level as a visiting lecturer at various colleges. Helga co-founded and administers The Glass Hub. Helga joined the CGS Committee in October 2001 and assisted in the organisation of the Dartington workshops in 2002, served on the website sub-committee, conducted research and wrote the CGS South West Research Report in 2005, and became Chair in autumn 2005.She has recently published a book - Kiln Forming Glass - published by the Crowood Press.
Glass artist and designer Cate Watkinson designs and makes unique pieces, ranging from decorative glass panels for private buildings, etched glass screens for offices, to street furniture and major public sculpture commissions. Cate trained in 3-D design, Glass with Ceramics. After leaving college Cate worked in Cambridge and the Channel Islands before returning to the north east to set up her architectural glass studio at Newcastle Arts Centre in 1988.
Liz Waugh McManus produces work for exhibition/galleries and also undertakes public and private commissions. She has a multifaceted practice that embraces sculpture, film, and visual theatre. Since 2002 her primary sculptural medium has been cast glass. Creating the sense of a living presence is an important thread running through the work, whether achieved through animation, performance or in sculptural form.