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Artisan flameworked glass from the heart of the Lakes

 

Glassware, lighting, gifts and homewares

 

My glass is both classic and contemporary, with purpose and a unique twist. I am inevitably influenced by the stunning setting of the Lake District: nature and the natural world often find their way into my work.

The art of flameworking, also known as lampworking, is a traditional method of working with glass. Using a small, very hot gas fired torch, I melt rods and tubes of glass to create unique and detailed sculptures. In contrast to the traditional image of glass blowing with a large, hot furnace, I use a small torch. This allows me to control more precisely and personally the aesthetics of the finished product. Using borosilicate glass, one of a kind pieces are created as the glass colour changes with the light, requiring special care when working to get the required results.

My own personal style and methods of working have been added to through learning from internationally renowned flameworkers from the US and Germany. I have demonstrated flameworking at events in the UK and overseas and exhibited in the UK. For more details of past, current and future exhibitions and projects, click here.

Emma Mackintosh

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