Region:South East England

Technique:Cold work, Hot glass, Kiln work, Painting

Occupation:Artist, Educator

Discipline:Architectural, Decorative, Fine art

Areas of Interest:Education, Exhibition, Techniques

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Penny Stevens

I simply love working with glass! A retired Deputy Headteacher, I decided to do something worthwhile with my free time and study glass fusing at Hatfield University on one of their evening courses, and then a further 4 years of practicing skills on my own. I have now taken my hobby a step further with some serious exhibiting and selling my work through exhibitions, shows and my website.

-Through the Arch – Fused Glass Art-
After purchasing my kiln four years ago, I have never looked back, practising my glass fusing skills in my art studio in the garden.
Glass is such a lovely medium to work in, with its vibrant colour, and light-emitting qualities, not to mention the varied textures that one can achieve with every piece. I like working with both Bullseye and Float glass depending upon the nature of the project.
I really love the challenge of the many and varied commissions I have ben asked to make; my current one being the most challenging – a huge pair of windows either side of a front door, which will be made in six panels depicting a tree with a wild flower meadow beside.
My aim for the near future is to open my studio to visitors running some one-day/half-day courses so that others may enjoy the beauty of glass art too. But first we need to build a purpose-built studio, due to be completed this summer.
To date I have made a variety of items ranging from lamp sconces, sculptures, windows, tiles, splash-backs and coasters to bowls, candle holders, wall plaques, garden frieze and window panels. I have had many commissions, which have comprised wall art, windows, tiles, wall-art plaques and bowls, and these have helped to fund my consumable purchases. I also exhibit at local craft fairs and exhibitions, including the Bucks County Show and Herts County Show.

Sunset over the lake - window panel

Kingfishers perched

quirky bowl

Highland cow

sunflower fields

Poppy field

Bluebell woods

Ocean wave