Glass artist maker Jill Bagnall designs and creates her colourful studio glass at her studio, Fusing Ideas Glass on the edge of the Shropshire Hills.
She is showing at the VAN Street Gallery during Shrewsbury Open Studios “The interplay of colour & light is my inspiration. Glass with its extraordinary ability to refract, reflect and transmit, plays with colour & light. Its strength can also be deceptive, and all in all it makes a seductive material to work with. I love creating, usually, abstract designs and experimenting with colour combinations by manipulating the glass. And finally shaping that artwork into something which can be functional and/or decorative or most often a coalescence of the two.
Working from my studio in the Rea Valley between Long Mountain and The Stiperstones, I am constantly awed by the environment around me; the effect of the seasons and the weather on light and how that changes what we perceive. My style is eclectic, underpinned by colour and perhaps William Morris’s maxim ‘have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ or preferably both. My aesthetic approach is about balance and opposites in harmony, possibly even analytical owing much to a love of science and the balance in the natural world. I tend to prefer order over chaos and this does get reflected in my designs.”
A member of the Contemporary Glass Society, The Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft and the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen, Jill runs glass fusing workshops for small groups of 2 – 4 from her studio.
T: 07941 232218
Van Street Gallery
Shrewsbury SY1 1HS
Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th, Saturday 10th, Sunday 11th
VAN Street Gallery will be open both days, both weekends
ARTIST: Fusing Ideas Glass