Monique Swinkels was born in 1970 the Netherlands where she finished the Academy of Art. Her passion for flameworking started in 2004, after attending a workshop “glass bead creation”. She started with the creation of glass beads, often containing designs of flowers, and used them in her homemade necklaces and bracelets. She refined her technique and learned to work off-mandrel. Her need and drive to experiment with new techniques resulted in glassart pieces, that combine flameworking with sandcasting.
Monique is a multidisciplinary glassartist that has been educated in soft glass, borosilicate and in furnace work. Her work has been exhibited on several national and international events and galleries.
I am currently in my final year at Farnham University for the Creative Arts, studying Three Dimensional Design: Glass.
I typically base my work around the subject of war. I have worked with many different glass techniques since my degree started, but the work I create does tend to lend itself more to kiln formed glass.
I am interested in finding work within the glass field upon finishing my degree.
Tabitha Tansey is a glass artist based in rural North Shropshire. She is currently studying for an MA in Applied Art at Glyndwr University
I work in lead, tiffany and fused glass. Happiest making large windows but enjoy my kiln and smaller projects too