Barbara Coulam

Glass Maker

I studied at Nottingham Trent University where I gained a First class Honours Degree in Decorative Arts, specialising in Glass, particularly casting. I also learned fusing, slumping and blowing techniques. After exhibiting cast work in England and Europe I returned to my lifelong interest in working with recycled materials and sustainability. This led to the production of a range of recycled domestic glass products which has proved very popular. I now sell these at local and national craft fairs.

I am fascinated by the process of designing with glass. As a watercolour painter I find similarities between the two transparent media, enhanced by additional exciting 3-d possibilities offered by glass. I love pattern, and use studies of decorative architectural features, particularly ecclesiastical ones derived from natural forms, e.g. leaves and flowers, to inspire my work. I am also interested in creating textile effects in glass, using lace, knitting weaving and knitting either trapped in the glass or recreated in glass structures.

If you would like to know more about my work and future events go to www.clerestory.co.uk

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