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Elizabeth Welch

Based in West Sussex I specialise in Lampworked Borosilicate Glass Sculpture.
I am greatly inspired by the natural world, particularly Octopus, lizards, Birds and insects, as well as European folklore. 

Using the flame I am able to create small sculptures with a high amount of detail, rods of glass are mixed together and pulled in to workable ‘stringers’ that I use a lot like a paintbrush. Larger scale often include my hand blown over-lay vessels. 

Each sculpture is painstakingly made by hand, no moulds are used, through the process of Lamp-working; Borosilicate rods are melted in the flame and worked to create enchanting and whimsical creatures, most of which are created over a 2 or three day period and have been annealed in a digitally controlled kiln for long lasting durability. 
Beginning with coloured glass I begin to mix and hand pull Each Borosilicate Glass colour in the flame to make 4mm ‘stringers’ This allows me to make the most of the expensive Boro colour, I am also able to create new and custom shades from this process. Glass is then built up into the initial shape and the premixed colours are added to give markings, shapes and intricate details. 
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