Rachel Elliott

Rachel works from her studio in Edinburgh, Scotland, where despite having a rather large kiln, still delights in making tiny and intricately detailed work in kiln-formed glass.  She cut (hacked her way through) her first sheet of glass in 2000 during an evening class, before undertaking formal study at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Architectural Glass.  She has exhibited in group shows across the UK, including the British Glass Biennale in 2008 & 2010.

Rachel loves the technical challenges of working with glass in different ways as well as troubleshooting after ‘unexpected’ results.  Her work is mostly representational, attempting to catch the viewer’s eye, inviting them into her world and hopefully leaving with a smile.

Fragile Entomology is a series of works which started in June 2011 as an attempt to recreate the seemingly fragile yet naturally strong forms of the insect world with the manmade material of glass.  Since then the pieces have used natural reclaimed wood, cast cotton paper and other mixed media along with the glass to express and explore the connotations this theme brings.
The ‘Hunny Pots’ follow on from experiments made during a symposium of international professional artists at Northlands Creative Glass in 2012, headed by Jane Bruce.  The results of these led me into the hot shop, the place that originally inspired my glass journey to begin over 10 years ago, only now I have the knowledge and the friends to help me work within it.




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