• Glass handbag

    One of the most unusual glass art commissions I’ve ever received was to make a glass handbag. It wasn’t something I’d ever done before but there’s a first for everything and I couldn’t wait to get started.

    It was commissioned for a gentleman who wanted to treat the lady in his life. She had the kind of job where she would be attending premieres and he wanted something with the WOW! factor. It was a thrill to create this black, pink and red design. 

    A real challenge

    It was a real challenge but an exciting one, too, and I’ve made many since. This was made from fused glass and leather, allowing the bag to be opened and function in the usual way

    Taking the flat piece of glass, I drilled holes to attach the handles and a gusset as part of the base. The next stage was to paint the design onto the glass and to add a bit of drama to the female heads on the bag. To do this I made the lips out of red fused glass. 

    Firing the glass

    Firing the glass at a lower temperature enables you to bend the glass to give it a curved shape. Then I just attached leather seals, the gusset, a fastener with a clasp and acrylic handles.

    Most of the glass handbags I make now come with leather handles. They always generate a lot of interesting discussions at the exhibitions I’ve taken them to. It’s the perfect bag to carry the latest iPhone and your Chanel lipstick.

    If you’d like me to make one for you contact me

  • Designer bespoke glass splashback

    Designer bespoke glass splashback 

    Kitchen splashbacks always catch the light and are a great enhancement to the room in any house that gets the most traffic. Given that, my clients find a bespoke glass splashback is the icing on the cake for them.

    I made this one for a friend and after a design consultation the brief was set: nothing textured, for hygiene reasons, something colour co-ordinated with the new kitchen and a piece of artwork that caught the light.

    I made some prototypes

    working with blue and green glass powders and silver leaf. I stencilled the design onto a white glass panel using the colours chosen. 

    Then when I’d made the leaf pattern, I cut out leaves from silver leaf and placed them in a random fashion and capped it with a sheet of clear glass secured with silicone.

    If you’d like me to make one for you contact me.