Cathryn Shilling

After a major operation on my spinal cord I am unable to manage the physical process of blowing glass. As a result, I work closely with a gaffer in order to help me realise my ideas in hot glass. It is however important for to me to have put my hand on each piece of work in some way and at some point.

Through these pieces I have been investigating the interplay between the different techniques of stained glass and hot glass by utilising the graal technique. Instead of engraving the glass embryo, I paint on it, using traditional stained glass enamels. These marks are fired in to the surface of the embryo in a kiln before being reheated and re-blown into their final forms in the hot shop.

This process pushes the process of glass painting beyond its technical parameters enabling me to produce unique hot glass pieces.




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