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SAFE HAVEN
Jay M. Smith

Originally a biochemist Chrissie re-discovered the challenge of experimentation with fused glass, silver stain and enamels. During her recent studies at Glyndwr University, Chrissie used hand-cut coloured glass or sandblasted float glass to translate the similarities between water and glass. Her sculptural forms are displayed in gardens, backlit with solar LEDs.

I work with kiln formed glass, but also have a long standing love of textiles and the stitched mark. My current practice combines elements of kiln formed glass with found objects, printmaking and stitch.

After more than 30 years in science & engineering, I started learning about kiln formed glass in 2008. I am self-taught, through reading, experiment, mistakes and practice. My approach is to make designs that are functional and useful, as well as beautiful.

Bowls are my favourite form. I like their appearance and feel. They are useful and they make the most of the wonderful colours of glass. We use a number of bowls I have made around our house as dessert dishes and fruit bowls. I also make plates and coasters and have designed and fabricated leaded glass windows for our house.

David Williams

Jessica is a County Durham-based artist working in cast and kiln-formed glass. She has a B.A. in Glass & Ceramics and an M.A. in Glass, both from the University of Sunderland, based at the National Glass Centre.

Shannon Toft

Laura specialises in contemporary hand blown glass combined with copper. With the two materials she designs and makes decorative and sculptural collections of work. Inspiration comes from the underwater landscape and the combination of the manmade and nature, looking at objects such as buoys, bottles or even disused oil platforms and how they become a habitat for nature to grow.

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