Hand blown lilac ruby musical bottle
Collect from gallery £75
Including UK delivery £88
14 cm high including stopper x length 20 cm x width 4 cm
In 1980 Jane went to the North Staffordshire Polytechnic to study Ceramics. See how her story unfolds….she now creates beautiful hand blown glass bowls, vases and scent bottles.
“I loved the material but being of an impatient nature I was getting frustrated with the length of time that the process took. Next door was the studio glass workshop. It was a hot noisy and an exciting place to be, but most importantly the process was immediate. A piece could be made one day and got out of the kiln the following day to start cold working on.
I tried to fight my growing interest in the medium but eventually had to give in. Here began my affair with hot glass. The techniques were hard to learn and at times it seemed an impossible task to acquire the enough technical skills not to inhibit my creativity but not to become so bogged down in technique that the work would become static and lifeless. I loved the energy of glass.
On finishing my degree I went to the heart of the British glass industry, Dudley near Stourbridge in the Midlands. Here I did a traditional course on glass making which gave me my own skills that I needed to really start making my own work. In 1984 I had finished my education and knew I wanted my own studio but I had no experience so I spent the next three years working in as many studios around the country that I could. This was invaluable as life is very different outside the safety of college.”