Tim Boswell is a designer and maker in glass who graduated from the prestigious International Glass Centre and has continued to live and work in Stourbridge's historic glass quarter.
Above: Tim Boswell, Africa, Blown and fused glass, 100cm tall, £2500, Photo: S. Bruntnell
Above: Tim Boswell, Robotica, 15 - 30cm, Laminated and fused and hot glass, Small £280, Large £580 Photo: S. Bruntnell
Above: Tim Boswell, Spook, 36cm tall, Blown and sculpted glass, £1600. Photo: D. Weed
Richard Roberts is currently studying for an MA in Design & Applied Arts (glass) at Wolverhampton University. He is based in Walsall, West Midlands and was determined to explore the world of glass after seeing a glassblowing demonstration at the Red House Cone Glass Museum, Stourbridge. He subsequently studied glass at the International Glass Centre, Dudley College for two years. Although he has practiced glassblowing, he has specialised in creating glass sculptures using kiln casting techniques. These are similar to the metal lost wax process which he has used for many years in his bronze sculptures.
Above: Richard Roberts, Rain-Reveller, Kiln cast - core cast Gaffer glass, partially polished, on steel frame. 143H x 55W x 23D cm. £5400. Photo: S. Bruntnell
Above: Richard Roberts, Siren & Triton (detail), Kiln cast Gaffer glass, sand blasted. Siren: 48H x 14w x 9D cm. Triton: 48H x 16W x 9D cm. £2400 each. Photo: S. Bruntnell.
Above: Richard Roberts, Hare, Kiln cast Gaffer glass. 14H x 8W x 4D cm. £240. Photo: S. Bruntnell.
Above: Charlotte Hughes-Martin, The Shipping Forecast, 36cm x 18 cm x 10cm, Blown engraved glass. £460
Above: Charlotte Hughes-Martin, In the room, 40cm x 40 x 15cm, Engraved glass, £4560
Above: Charlotte Hughes-Martin, Fishbowl, 28cm x 28cm x 28cm, Blown engraved glass, £590
Trained in the historic Glass Quarter of Stourbridge, Elliot applies traditional techniques in a radical way to create contemporary artworks which have gained him international recognition.
Elliot’s figures are inspired by the distortion of the human form seen throughout the history of sculpture, and his subtle use of colour and texture create a delicacy and softness that is contrary to the brittle nature of glass and reminiscent of the translucency of human skin.
In his most recent series, Elliot references the historic use of glass within painting. The still life scenes he creates in glass provide comment on function and how we perceive beauty. Whilst the vessels are true to their perceived functions, their rough textures and sombre colouring serve to create an ironic backdrop for the inedible fruit, whose dazzling, polished interiors captivate and delight the eye.
Above: Elliot Walker, Insight, hot sculpted glass, cut and polished. Photo: Ester Segarra
Above: Elliot Walker, Still Life with Fruit, Hot sculpted glass, cut and polished
Dimensions (approx): 32 cm H (bottle) 35 cm W x 37 cm D (width and depth approx surface area occupied by the collection) (12.5 in x 13.7 in x 14.5 in)
GBP: £2000 Photo: S. Bruntnell.