Showcases: Glass

Heather Frary

Heather Frary

Glass and Textile Artist

I moved to Cornwall 10 years ago after many years working in Norfolk designing for industry. Having worked with many materials in the past, I found a love of glass and Cornwall.

I love to work big when I can. Using lead came and cement to assemble the glass into panels for doors and windows. For my smaller panels I normally use the Tiffany method (copper foiled and soldered).

I find glass is such a wonderful material that can be used in to many different ways. At present I am exploring painting and printing using traditional oxides, enamels, silver stain and lustre, as well as etching, sandblasting and wire to enhance my panels. I have also started to use fused and kiln formed glass as the canvasses for my painting.

My work is ever evolving as I fine different ways of making a mark or an impression on glass. I never get tired of seeing how glass plays with light and manipulating it to do so.

Oriel Hicks

Oriel Hicks

Stained glass artist

Oriel Hicks takes inspiration from her Scillonian surroundings, whether it is the azure seas, the local flora and fauna or simply the clarity of the light. Her palette is restricted by the glass manufacturers who make her raw materials, but her own imagination makes up for this in no small way. Her work develops in a creative curve, where one idea evolves and transforms into the next. Glass, and all its diverse possibilities fuel her enthusiasm.

She trained for five years at Reigate School of Art in Surrey, specialising in traditional stained glass techniques, mosaic designa nd glass fibre relief panels. Her windows can be seen in many of the local churces in Scilly and she also designed and made two windows for the Little Harbour Children’s Hospice near St. Austell.

She has a simplicity of design which belies the work involved, using vivid coloured glass, whilst still letting full natural light fill the building. She has occupied her studio, Phoenix Stained Glass on St. Mary’s since 1991, making smaller scale art glass for galleries and as gifts for the tourist market.

Shortly after the millennium, she invested in a fusing kiln. This melts coloured, sheet glass to make bowls, panels, sculptures and many smaller items. As this technology was not available in her student years, much of her work in this area is self-taught. She is constantly experimenting and pushing the boundaries of the material and this has enabled her art to retain great individuality.

Oriel Hicks - Glass Waves