All About Glass Art

Some of our most beautiful and complex of art pieces at the gallery are from our glass works. Whilst glass art can be monumental in size and installation, the art we tend to stock is perfect for any table, sideboard or office work desk.

Glass art is created by a series of highly skilled and often complex procedures, involving molten coloured glass and high temperature furnaces. Techniques include blowing, kiln-casting, fusing, slumping, pâté-de-verre, flame-working, hot-sculpting and cold-working, and all techniques require patience, sometimes frenetic paced working and always acute care!

Glass is a relatively new form of art when compared to ceramics, but it still has a long history. The earliest man made glass dates back to about 2000 BC and was found in the Middle East.  Glass blowing was invented around the first century Ad and glass rapidly developed technically and artistically.  In early times glass artwork was predominately the domain of the rich and aristocracy. As techniques became more practised and materials cheaper, so glass artwork became available to all. Glass paperweights were one of the most popular original forms of glass artwork, made in vast glass factories in both Europe and the United States during mid nineteenth century.

As well as the form of the glass itself, glass can be marked and etched to give it a distinctive and attractive design. It can also be treated, with acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances to further expand the range of surface finishes.

Our collection of fine glass works are available below. If you are looking for anything in particular, don’t hesitate to drop us a line. We’ll be happy to help, however we can.