Richard Glass was born in Plymouth in 1978. During his studies in fine art at Southampton Institute, Richard experimented with projects involving light and transparency, which led to a fascination in the medium of glass for the first time. He went on to study for an honours degree in Applied Art from Plymouth College of Art and Design, specialising in ceramics and glass, before starting to work full time with glass for the first time as a production glassmaker at Dartington Crystal. He left Dartington Crystal in 2002 to study for a Masters Degree in glass design from Sunderland University before setting up his own glass studio, which is now based in Bovey Tracey in Devon.
Richard uses an eclectic mix of traditional and modern techniques to produce highly individual, intricate designs that cannot be made by mass produced manufacturing. Specialising in organic pieces and sculptural forms, his inspiration comes from the landscapes, seascapes and coastlines around him in Devon.
"I am constantly developing new ideas and techniques, using new materials. This, in combination with traditional glassmaking skills that have been handed down from one craftsman to another over generations, allows me to develop ideas at the forefront of glass design.
My work evolves with forms and colours changing with each new piece. Like most glassmakers I want to be consistently inconsistent. The fluidity of hot glass should be preserved in the movement or pattern of a piece. I still believe this and hope you find this true in my work".
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