PROJECTS - ARCHITECTURAL AND INTERIORS
DESIGN & PROJECT MANAGEMENT
We understand that each project is unique, and that a close working relationship between designer and client is crucial.
Our bespoke design service begins with you: initial consultations and site visits are followed by the presentation of preliminary designs and samples.
Our dedicated project manager will continue to consult with you right through to the approval of finished designs and final installation.
When final sign-off has been given, Jo and her skilled team handmake every piece of glass right here in our own fully equipped glass fusing studio, from the first diamond-wheel cut through to firing and finishing.
MEET THE MAKER
“What drives your passion for large scale design”
Creating large pieces has always been my passion. Fused-glass is a medium which enhances light and colour, so the bigger the piece the more spectacular the results. The thrill I get creating a one-off piece for my galleries is just the same, but it’s amplified on larger projects. It’s also incredibly rewarding - because the emotional investment the client makes in commissioning the piece means the results really matter. I love the challenge of exceeding my client’s expectations and getting it absolutely right.
THE ART OF FUSED GLASS
“Glass fusing” is defined as the heat bonding of separate pieces of glass in a kiln. Believed to have begun over 4000 years ago in Egypt and became widespread during the Roman era. There are hundreds of techniques used to create wonderful pieces of glass art. Here we will cover the basics.
Preliminary sketches capture and communicate the essence of an idea, focusing on its individual features. Concept drawings, using pencils or felt tip pens and paper provide a fluid and expressive medium to show how a design is constructed. 3D visualisation can also be created for larger complex installations.
GLASS CUTTING & STACKING
To create many of the stunning pieces of Jo’s work, sheets of plain and and hand coloured glass are cut into intricate forms. Glass is either snapped or tapped to create a perfect break. Cut glass is layered to create the desired effect, building up colours and overlapping layers for depth and texture.
USING FRIT & POWDERS
Frit is glass that has been broken or crushed into smaller pieces and can be used to embellish the artwork. Powders can be sprinkled or mixed to create a paste or paint. Ideal for adding texture, pattern and colour.
The fusing process consists of heating cycles, and constant temperature plateaus which can control how the separate pieces are bonded together. Once the design is created, the temperature is reduced in stages - typically over 10-12 hours - to ensure the item cools evenly and does not crack.