The facination that glass is silica just amazes me. I started glass working in the early 80's after trying various
other media. Etching's and carving across South Africa, Working with both corporate and interior designers.I moved to Hogsback SA and built a furnass and Kiln. The fascination began.
Flameworking has allowed me to express my love for nature through a completely different form.
It was the contemplation of old stained glass – masterpieces of craftsmanship and spiritual beauty – that stimulated my curiosity and desires to the point of abandoning my old life and embracing a new career. However, it is the contemporary approach to the craft, with the aid of modern technology, methods and processes, that breathes life into new exciting opportunities
Katrina Beattie graduated from University for Creative Arts in Farnham in 1995. She currently runs a studio in Somerset specializing in Blown and Kiln Formed Glass. Katrina teaches at West Dean College near Chichester and is an active member of The Sussex Guild of Craftsmen whose shop is based in Lewes, East Sussex.
I graduated from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (in glass & fine art, and glass architecture) in the summer of 2003 and work from my studio in Deptford, South East London. My work is sculptural (kiln cast, blown or slumped) and inspired by the forms of sea anemones. I exhibit and photograph my pieces in unusual settings (such as on beaches).
Scott Benefield has been involved in the field of studio glass for over 25 years as a glassblower, writer and workshop leader. He has taught cane techniques at Pilchuck, Penland, Haystack and at numerous universities in the US and abroad. In 2011 he was given the Lifetime Membership Award by the Glass Art Society.