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Sarah Hill

'Glass is an amazing material - it can be transparent, translucent, reflective, iridescent, light-catching, eye-catching yet unpredictable. This is why I find it so fascinating and captivating to work with. For my glass landscapes I use an amalgamation of transparent and opalescent sheet glass, hand-made rolled glass, frits (small ‘bits’) and powdered glass. I look for chemical reactions between certain colours which gives an unpredictability to the outcome. I build the artworks in layers which then have several firings followed by cold-working to remove the ‘shiny’ aspect of glass. I feel this reveals an extra depth to detail and colour, leaving a weathered texture'.

 

Born near Bath, Sarah attained a BA Honours degree in Three-Dimensional Design in 1986 from Bristol Polytechnic. Having worked in exhibition design, graphics and marketing in an employed and self-employed basis for nearly 20 years, she returned to her roots in 2004 to follow 3-D design. After studying Applied Arts at NEWI, North Wales she started her ‘second career’ in glass. Her workshop is now based in Wem, North Shropshire not far from the Welsh border.  'It is this beautiful countryside, as well as the Welsh coastline of Pembrokeshire, that are a constant inspiration - living within allows the ambience of the natural world seep inward.'

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