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Gaffer Glass

Supplier of coloured glasses for the professional glassmaker in both blowing and casting ranges.

Dave Williams

British Glass Designer/Maker Zoë Garner established Zoë Garner Glass in 2007 specializing in jewellery lighting and interior sighted works. Showcasing mainly Jewellery in many established and well respected galleries Nationwide. Located in The National Glass Centre in Sunderland Zoë works mainly with flame working to produce her designs.

Alongside Zoë Garner Glass, Zoë is also the founder of Merge Contemporary Craft fairs, the original Contemporary Craft Fair in Oundle, Northamptonshire. Merge Contemporary Craft Fairs are selected events showcasing the best of British Crafts.

All work is completely hand made by British makers both locally and Nationally. Buyers are able to meet the makers, and buy unique gifts, or commission an artist for their very own one off piece of work.

Zoë has worked in the glass industry for 14 years. After receiving her degree at Staffordshire University in Glass Design, working for LA Studios and Danny Lane Studios in London. Then moving further a field to work for the hugely successful and renowned Cydonia Glass Studio in Sydney Australia creating large-scale glass interior installations.

When returning Zoë went on to gain her masters in glass design at Sunderland University, upon completing her masters she set up Zoë Garner Glass creating lighting jewellery and interior sighted works.

Zoë Has also won a number or prestigious awards The Pearson Glass Prize for Flame working and more recently The Craft & Design Select award Silver.

Along side this has been featured in Vogue and many other magazines with her jewellery designs, and also been commission by a Vivian Westwood boutique to design and make a lighting feature.

Photographed by David Williams

Emma Louise is an emerging kiln-formed glass Artist who graduated July 2011, with a BA Honours in Glass and Ceramics from University of Sunderland. She has refined her practice to specialise in pate de verre kiln-formed glass and has just moved into a new studio in her home town of Ipswich.

The artist

I have lived in Canada, Saudi Arabia, N.Ireland and am now settled in Norfolk. I am curious and enjoy challenges, All projects start with rigorous drawing, then collage. Work may stop there but can go on to a maquette and sculpture. I have started the Belfry Arts Centre in Overstrand. Any advice gratefully received!

David currently lives between London and Stockbridge and started making glass pieces in 2009 at the London Glassblowing studio in Bermondsey, London.

Working with molten glass at close quarters, allowing it to move and flow gently, forming it into shape, he introduces rich, vibrant colours and transforms simple pieces of glass into objects which resonate with life.

“Most of my work is about colour and the shapes of the colours, and many pieces are inspired by the natural elements – from desert landscapes to the lochs, rivers and hillsides of the West Highlands, where we are currently building a home.”