Imaginative, fun and often wonky, contemporary fused glass!
A varied range of decorations for indoors and out, dichroic glass jewellery, tableware and one-off glass sculptures, all made in the unique, ‘Magpie Glass’ style.
Although Rachel studied Illustration at University, the discovery of a passion for glass lead her to create final degree-show pieces in glass, which earned her a first class Honours Bachelor of Arts degree and exhibition opportunities at Portsmouth City Council’s White Ribbon Day events.
After graduation and several kiln disasters, Rachel took some short courses at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland where she gained the technical knowledge she needed and started to develop her own style.
“It’s a challenging, beautiful and sometimes frustrating material to work with and it’s important to balance artistic elements and technical knowledge to make sure that pieces are not only pleasing to look at but are fit for purpose. It's technical know-how that means the pieces are safe and won’t fracture weeks or months after being fired. To keep developing that knowledge is part of what intrigues me about glass and all its contradictions; after much experimentation I know which rules I can break without breaking the project itself and can successfully create different effects which excite me and keep my work fresh. Opening the kiln when I've tried something different is like opening presents on Christmas morning!”
Look out for Magpie Glass as part of Hampshire Open Studios in 2019 in August. Visitors will be welcomed into Rachel’s studio to look around, ask questions, book workshops, take part in fused glass taster sessions on the day, as well as purchase items on display.