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Emma Wells

Inspired by Victorian intrigue and opulence, old family photographs and ancestral memories, I create atmospheric and romantic designs in kiln-fired glass.

Using the glass as an artist’s canvas, I experiment with techniques and unique surface patterns; layering materials, designs and textures; which, after firing, culminate in ghostly visions and floating images with photographic plate-like qualities.

I am self-taught and have been working in glass for around 18 years, now working exclusively in kiln-fired glass. In our throw-away society I am always striving to design and make items that my customers will wish to keep and treasure. I am happiest creating small artworks, so my range is based on coasters, trinket and ring bowls and jewellery; some pieces of which combine silversmithing techniques with the glass, although my work has included spoons, candle shades and decorative wall pieces. I also often design glass to re-vamp and re-style vintage pieces such as frames, trays and cake stands.

I am drawn to the Victorians for much of the inspiration for my work; their interest of both the natural and fantasy worlds and the general opulence of the traditional Victorian interior. I try to use the glass and associated materials to covey the atmosphere of the era, suggesting bygone sentiment and faded grandeur.

My work can be viewed and purchased on my website where there is also a list of stockists.

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