Region:South West England

Technique:Casting, Kiln work

Occupation:Artist, Educator

Discipline:Architectural, Decorative, Public art

Areas of Interest:Exhibition, Techniques, Workshops

Roberta Ayles

I make fused glass panels for windows, screens and lighting. I like to use texture as well as colour, so the pieces are continually changing with the viewpoint, the time of day, the seasons and the weather. I am generally inspired by nature, but am happy to be pushed out of my comfort zone too.

I usually work to commission, making panels for public and private spaces.
Waterjet cutting has recently opened up the possibilities of making pieces which are larger than my kiln. The ‘Memories’ window, installed in 2017, was made in five sections and built into a single triple glazed unit 2m high by 1m wide.

Recent public work includes:
2013. Cast glass inserts for 7 waymarkers for the Saltram and Plym Valley Heritage Trail, in collaboration with Thrussell and Thrussell, metalsmiths of Bodmin, Cornwall.

2011.Six panels for the Passage House Inn at Topsham, Devon

2011.Four lightbox panels for Franklyn Hospital, Exeter

Detail from one panel of the Polzeath porch

Scottish burn, 2014 , Roberta Ayles

Flowers and Streamers

Porch, Polzeath

'Coast' - Sample panel for Franklyn Hospital, Exeter

'Memories' window

'Dartmoor' Lightbox panel for Franklyn Hospital, Exeter

Art Deco' wall light