Member Directory: J
Cheryl Jamieson, of Glansin Glass, designs and handmakes kiln-formed glass in the Shetland Isles. The unique and stunning beauty of her homeland offers a wealth of inspiration, from Fair Isle knitting patterns to archaeology, or from stormy seas to geology.
I was a very mature student when I enrolled in High Wycombe College to do a degree in ceramics and glass. I graduated much older and wiser in 1996 and decided to put my newfound knowledge to work. With the aid of Southern Arts Council I set up my workshop in Gawcott, near Buckingham and began making artistic glass by the kiln formed method which melts the glass either to fuse and slump the glass or to melt the glass into a preformed mould.
I welcome visitors to my workshop during Bucks Open Studios in June (www.bucksopenstudios.org.uk) where they can ‘have-a-go’ at making a small fused pendant. Throughout the year I give both beginners and advanced classes in my well-equipped studio. Clients who would like me to make a piece of glass for them are especially welcomed and I take great delight in making a beautiful piece which will meet all their requirements and will be stunningly unique. Recently I have made a window for an oak door, a sink splashback with matching soap dish and seven large panels for an unusual curved stairwell. One of my cast glass sculptures was given as a leaving present to the retiring treasurer of the Aylesbury Vale Arts Council.
I was born in Nottingham in UK in 1947 and now live in Alton, Hampshire. Although I had a career in science, I always loved to draw and paint so for many years art was just a hobby. In my late teens I started dabbling in oils and then moved on to gouache. I developed a distinctive faceted style of painting, applying it to a myriad of subjects.
Following my retirement from teaching, I was at last able to take an art qualification. Following the Access course in Art and Design at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) at Farnham, I did a Foundation Year in the 3D design department. This introduced me to ways of working with glass for which I developed a real passion. I was able learn and use techniques associated with both furnace and kiln formed glass. On completion of the course I bought a small kiln to use at home. I continue to experiment with both recycled bottle glass as well as special glasses, frits and powders and inclusions. I have taken a short course in stained glass and hope to transfer my faceted images to glass.
I am an active member of Alton Art Society and frequently exhibit both my 2D and 3D work. Several of my paintings of Alton have been used on Town Council literature. More information can be found on my website www.pellart.com .
Over the last twenty years Jones has explored the blown glass vessel as a container of more than space and substance, using marking and surface work with the blank forms made by Gillies.Her work has been exhibited extensively in the UK and internationally.