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Karin Hassle was born 1960 in Stockholm, growing up together with her family in San Fransisco, USA, then moving back to Sweden.

To make a much longer life story shorter but still telling though about Karin getting a family with two kids, moving from Stockholm to the countryside outside Stockholm, building her own studio, life led Karin towards educating herself within the artistic area. She started with one year textile school of arts, continuing one year ceramics, finally learning how to create artglass in kilns. At this stage Karin was already 40 years old.
Just like the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren (Pippi Longstocking, Emil and many others), who Karin admires very much, she has no really good schools and was much ”too old” when starting off her artistic career. All the same she was quite successful so far, being able to establish her own studio, live from her art and getting very good reviews.
Karin finds most of her inspiration from the nature in the surroundings where she lives, close to plants, animals and other beings who recides in the forrest.
In 2013 Karin moved her studio from the countryside of Stockholm, to the art school Basis in the heart of the southern part of Stockholm city. She is now teaching others about artglass. 

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Currently in the third and final year of studying BA (Hons) 3D Contemporary Craft at York College.
Interests in Glass include: Kiln work, Stained glass, Cold working, Casting, Pot melts, Slumping, Frit work and enamelling on glass,
Interests in Enamelling on copper.

Image Credit: Ester Segarra

Design led glass maker, Michelle Keeling, offers a unique range of contemporary kiln formed products. Producing distinctive sculptural and functional interior accessories, jewellery and wall panels, Michelle's work can be seen in exhibitions and galleries throughout the country. She is also available to work to commission, and has undertaken various corporate, public art and residential commissions.

Christopher Martin

Catherine Keenan’s fascination with hot glass began while studying at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, graduating in 2006. At the International Glass Centre, West Midlands she specialised in glass blowing techniques of colour application and refined cold working processes; in particular carved lens patterns. Her work is mainly concerned with processes of colour overlay, cup-casing and cane techniques.

Dave Ward

I work mainly in glass and ceramic which i combine in a hot state within my studio practice. Renowned for being difficult to combine, glass and ceramics are usually regarded as being incompatible due to differences in structure; through my research I have managed to combine them in a hot state to create unique sculptural artworks.