OUR ARTISTS

We seek out the most artistic and inspired designs from across the world and bring them to the discerning customer here in the UK.
Representing both world renowned artists and emerging talent in the field of glass, our extensive range includes work from Britain, America, Czech Republic, Sweden, Italy and more.
We're delighted to introduce them to you.

 

BOB CROOKS
 
Bob Crooks is one of Britain's most highly recognised glassmakers. Renowned for the high quality, skilfully executed dynamic forms, he has been producing excellence in glass for the past 30 years.
 
Bob benefited enormously from working with Ronnie Wilkinson at the Glasshouse in London in 1987 during a year out from his degree course at West Surrey College of Art & Design.
 
He took the bold step of setting up his own business in 1990, later moving to Devon where he converted farm buildings into a state of the art workshop and gallery for 'First Glass'. 
 
All work is designed, handmade and finished by Bob Crooks himself. His pieces are inspired by geometry, architecture, the natural and man-made worlds we live in as well as the qualities and capabilities of the glass itself. Bob exploits the many properties of the material through refraction or reflection; sharpness or softness, transparency or opacity, working with its fluidity and 'freezing' it as the desired form is realised.
 
Bob Crooks's glass has been exhibited internationally as well as in the UK. He has won numerous awards and commissions and his work is held in a number of public and commercial collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Crafts Council Collection, London and the Sainsbury Collection, London.

FAY MILLER

 

American artist Fay Miller began her career as a graphic designer but soon turned her attentions to glass and her need to express her creativity through 3- dimensional objects.

 

 “Interpreting and refining the multitude of stimuli that bombard my brain every day is what my work is about. Every day I see things I want to recreate - leaves blowing in the wind, animal horns at the zoo, buildings rising in the city, political debates on television, seasons changing the landscape and people gathered in joyous celebration. I incorporate elements of whimsy wildness and intense colour. The beauty, geometry and harshness of the natural world drive my creative process”

 

We are pleased to represent Fay exclusively in the UK.



PAVEL HAVELKA

 

Czech born Pavel Havelka studied glass at the School of Applied Arts in Zelezny Brod and upon leaving in 1987, joined the renowned Beranek glassworks in Skrdlovice.

Throughout his seven years with Beranek, Havelka produced pieces to others original designs whilst experimenting with various techniques to compile his own body of work.

 

In 1994 he moved to the Svoboda glassworks where he became their resident glass artist.

Some five years later, Havelka joined the Princ Glassworks as the 'Master of Production' gaining recognition for his artistically inspired designs and use of 'cold work' cutting.

 

In 2011 Havelka established his own glass studio where he now produces one-off and limited production decorative pieces.

ALLISTER MALCOLM
 
Allister Malcolm graduated from the University of Wolverhampton in 1997 with a BA Honors in Three Dimensional Design, specializing in glass sculpture. The occupancy of  the studio scholarship at Broadfield House Glass Museum enabled a continual launch of the artist's profile.
 
With attention to detail, Allister Malcolm produces dynamic, sculptural forms with a functional twist. Drawing inspiration from the natural world, particularly marine life, he constantly amazes and intrigues. Allisters use of colour entices the viewer and his use of Platinum, Gold and Silver to accent his work add a unique sparkle to bring the piece to life.
 
Allister's first commission was by Tony Blair. He was asked to produce presentation pieces for the heads of state and world leaders attending the Asia & European Summit. He also annually produces commissioned pieces for the Open Mic Awards for the Edinburgh Festival sponsored by the Daily Telegraph. Allister Malcolm's art is available at select galleries worldwide and A Heart of Glass are proud to showcase his work.
MADELEINE HUGHES
 
Born in Brighton , Madeleine grew up in Newport, South Wales and displayed an inclination for art at a very young age. By the time she left secondary school her focus was on fine art and whilst studying for a foundation diploma in art at the Arts University, Bournemouth she discovered a love for three-dimensional work.
 
Intrigued by the versatility of glass and particularly by the enormous range of colours that can be achieved by the interplay with light and reflections, Madeleine completed a course at the Creative Glass Guild in Bristol which left her hungry for more experience with the medium.
Shortly afterwards, she attended a taster session in glass blowing at London Glassblowers under the tuition of Louis Thompson and was immediately hooked by the mesmerising qualities of molten glass.
 
"My work, therefore, is often led by process and technique as I like to spend most of my time in the hot shop, learning to master new skills and techniques, which I ultimately incorporate into my own designs.The aesthetics of a piece are very important to me and I like to take time to achieve a quality of finish which enhances my design".
RUTH SHELLEY
 
Ruth Shelley is an award winning glass artist who has been working with coloured glass for over 25 years.
 
From her studio in Cardiff, Ruth produces colourful kiln formed glass vessels which are inspired by her love of travel and observation of colour, balance and tone of nature.
Her gravity dropped vessels create an interplay of light, form and colour that is evocative of the natural world around us.
Ruth is continually experimenting and pushing the limits of glass and her training in Woven Textiles is evident in her collections.

Ruth won the Glass Sellers Award at the British Glass Biennale in 2015 with her striking ‘Indian Intarsia’ piece.
We are delighted to have Ruth's beautiful pieces within our assortment.
 

IAN BAMFORTH
  
Ian was born in Kingston Upon Hull in 1955. Having worked in a variety of jobs here and abroad, he was captivated by glass after enrolling on a “Hot Glass” evening class at Buckinghamshire College in 2000. It was ‘love at first blow’ and he was smitten.

 

His enthusiasm and passion for Hot Glass soon prompted a career change, which resulted in him attending the world renowned “International Glass Centre”, Brierley Hill, where he gained an “OCNWM in Glass Techniques and Technology” and an “Advanced Diploma in Glass Design”.

 

Ian specialises in producing hand blown glass pieces. Utilising both form and colour married with traditional techniques to explore transparency, translucence, reflection and refraction.

 

Ian’s influences range from nature and the oceans flora and fauna to the cosmos. The latter being the influence for his most recent ‘ORBIT’ series.

ELLIOT WALKER
 

After graduating from Bangor University with a psychology degree, Elliot Walker studied glassmaking in the Historic Glass Quarter in Stourbridge.
With its vast spectrum of colour and texture and its ability to mimic other materials, molten glass provides Walker with the ultimate palette to create his three dimensional compositions and sculptures.

 

Elliot worked alongside Peter Layton at London Glassblowing for 8 years and continues to experiment and create from his studio in Hertford

Exploiting the molten glass to produce works of luminous quality and eggshell delicacy, his aim is to transform the liquid glass into unexpected forms and figures.

 

Elliot Walker is one of the UK’s finest rising glass stars and in his relatively short glass blowing career, has already become one of the most active and inspiring artists of his generation, winning the Craft&Design award at the prestigious British Glass Biennale in May 2015.

 

You’ll see Elliot competing in the forthcoming series of ‘Blown Away’ being aired on Netflix from 22nd January 2021 and we’re delighted to offer one of his incredible Still Life compositions within our current assortment.

DARREN WEED
  

The blown glassware of Darren Weed is rooted with a deep respect of traditional methods and processes, driven further by the desire to keep developing technically through design, ideas and execution.

 

Darren has always appreciated Art in which the craft of its production can be seen and strives to raise the standard of his own practice with every piece made.

 

“Working with glass is a demanding experience, often unforgiving but ultimately rewarding. The preparation and attention required throughout making is a motivating force in the creative process. I try not to take inspiration from the material itself but rather try to understand ideas through the process and perceived limitations of glass blowing.”

MATS JONASSON

 

Mats Jonasson left school at the tender age of 14 & began his career as an apprentice engraver at the Maleras Glassworks.

Throughout his early career, he worked with many of Sweden's leading and most talented contemporary glass artists, learning his craft and developing his confidence, abilities and ideas.

He left briefly to work as an apprentice at Kosta but returned to his roots in 1975.

 

Jonasson's pieces are inspired by the natural world. His works commonly feature intricate etchings of animals in Lead crystal. His more recent works have experimented with colour, used to define the captivating features of his 'Masq' series of sculptures.

 

 

GEORGE PONZINI

 

George Ponzini was born in New York in 1952. He was first introduced to glass while studying at the Franklin Pierce College, thereafter concentrating on glass and furniture at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. He has studied glass at Pilchuck Glass School and has been honoured as a Fellowship Recipient from the Vermont Council of the Arts and the Grodin Award for Excellence in Design and Craftsmanship.

Ponzini creates glass objects and sculptures that are engaging and elegant.

 

His designs are architecturally influenced, capturing the feeling of art deco with stunning composites of blown and constructed glass elements. .A piece is typically designed hands-on, using an inventory of glass parts instead of drawings. These parts consist of glass rods & tubes, textured glass, structural glass, wire safety glass, marbles and beads. The glass is either cut on a saw or with a carbide tip glass cutter. Then the parts are ground on a diamond impregnated grinding wheel or on discs of varying grit. The etched patterns are sandblasted. The parts are then glued with a silicone adhesive thus completing the piece. Ponzini has been working in his current style since the mid 1980's. His glass career has spanned 3 decades.

 

We are very proud to say that A Heart of Glass are sole UK stockists!

MICHAEL TRIMPOL



Born in Philadelphia, Michael Trimpol was first introduced to glass working during a high school stained glass course in Stowe VT. He pursued a career in stained glass while attending Concordia University in Montreal designing and creating many residential commissions as well as several public installations.

 

Frustrated with the limitations of the two dimensional process, he enrolled at Sheridan College School of Craft & Design in Mississauga Ontario to learn the art of glassblowing. Upon graduation in 1985, he was accepted for a residency at Harbourfront Craft Studios, one of Toronto's most popular tourist destinations. Shortly after he left Harbourfront in 1989, he established his own company Hotglass Inc. in Mississauga, for which he designed and created a full line of blown glass products. In 1995, Michael relocated to Stowe Vermont and founded Little River Hotglass Studio. He currently designs and manufactures a diverse body of product in addition to overseeing the operations of the studio.

 

MILAN MACHACEK

 

Born in 1957 in a small town in the Czech Republic, Milan Machacek has had a long and established career in glassmaking. He began his training at the Bohemia School of Art and then moved to the Academy of Applied Arts, which specializes in glass artistry and glass technology.

 

Machacek has taken residency in many glassworks across the Czech Republic including Svoboda and Hut Princ. With a desire to push the boundaries of glass design, Machacek has developed a specialism in cold-work, using the methods of sandblasting, cutting, grinding and polishing to create pure geometric forms.

 

"What is removed from the piece is just as important as what is left"

ALES VALNER

 

Ales Valner was born in 1962 in Brno, Czech Republic. Having designed for a number of glassworks in his early career including Glass Art Princ, he went on to establish his own glassworks in 2004.

 

Working alongside 4 other artists, Valner's focus is on quality rather than quantity- producing colourful, free blown pieces that are highly decorative and usually sculptural in form.

The limited production capacity of his small glassworks means many pieces are unique, usually specially commissioned for exhibitions across Germany & America or for private collections.

 

LUCA VIDAL
 
Gianluca Vidal was born in Venice on July 1, 1976. At the young age of 14 he started to work with glass at the Studio Vetreria DP, on the Island of Murano. Here he studied under the Glass Maestro Imperio Rossi.
 
After two years he decided to move to the studio of Effetre International. As the youngest glass worker in the studio and under the tutelage of the masters at Effetre, Gianluca began to learn the most difficult glass techniques and his talent as a glass maker began to emerge.
 

Gianluca has worked over the years with many of the most important Glass Maestros on Murano such as Afro Celotto, Silvano Molin, Luciano Pavanello, Giancarlo Tagliapietra and Dino Vio. It is in this period that his colleagues give him the nickname “Crema”, due to his natural ability to gracefully shape glass as a “cream”.

 

In 2000, while working at the Artistic Glass Factory Schiavon, he once again had the opportunity to work with  Afro Celotto and one year later having learned the techniques of filigrana, mosaics and tessere murrines, he opened a new studio with Afro Celotto and CarloTagliapietra.

GIANCARLO TAGLIAPIETRA
 
Working alongside accomplished masters Afro Celotto and Luca Vidal, Tagliapietra specialises in two of the oldest glass making techniques.
 
'Filigrana' involves long glass rods (transparent or coloured) which are superimposed, intertwined and fused together. The rod is wrapped around a glass cylinder and blown into shape then formed with glass-making tools. 'Murrini' involves fusing coloured glass canes together to form one multi-coloured rod which is then cut into small discs. These discs are then fused together to create 'mosaic' effects.
 
Tagliapietra finishes his pieces by carving and engraving the blow glass using a study of the alteration of opacity and transparency to create depth and texture creating examples which perfectly combine his technical ability and artistic expression.
FABIO ROSSETTO
 
Venetian glass artist Fabio Rossetto works alongside his father in the glassworks they founded together back in 1979 on the Island of Murano.

Previously focusing on the production of Venetian chandeliers, Fabio is now expressing his own cretaivity in the form of glasses, sculptural vases and bowls.

 

He specialises in two of the oldest glass making techniques: ‘Filigrana’ involving long glass rods which are superimposed, intertwined and fused together then wrapped around a glass cylinder and blown into shape and ‘Murrini’ which involves fusing coloured glass canes together to form one multi-coloured rod which is then cut into small discs. These discs are then fused together to create ‘mosaic’ effects.

 

His lovely vibrant pieces are ground and cut to create striking colour combinations and textured finishes.

MONICA BACKSTROM



Swedish glass artist Monica Backstrom has worked for Kosta Boda since 1965 and is one of their chief designers with her own studio. Backstrom takes her inspiration from nature and the environment.

 

Her more recent works including the "Moonlanding" series (retired from production in 2003) were designed to reflect her study of astronomy and space- The textured surface depicting that of the surface of the moon. Backstrom is married to Erik Hoglund, himself a well known glass artist and their daughter Erika Hoglund is now designing and producing her own pieces in collaboration with Mats Jonasson at the Maleras glassworks in Sweden.

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