I create intriguing and beautiful glass by using rich and vibrant co-ordinating jewel colours that relate to an original theme. The reflective and refractive qualities that I produce within the glass, by way of contrasting textures and form, permits me to invite the viewer to investigate, examine and explore, both the interior and the exterior of my intricate and curved forms.

 

Sand Cast Bowl Centrifugally Spun - with coloured frit inclusion.

PERSONAL

Whether you are looking for that 'little something' for yourself, or a gift for that special person or occasion.

Layered sheets of textured wax curled and cast in Gaffer Glass.

COLLECTABLE

Larger pieces of my work may interest the serious contemporary glass collector, interior design companies or corporate businesses. 

Shades of blue and green enamels mimicking the Caribbean Sea cast with clear Gaffer glass. Lost wax process. Commission Piece 'Into the Blue'

COMMISSION

Do you have a design in mind that you would like to have made.  Please feel free to contact me to enquire about a possible commission.

Do you realise that glass can be seductive?

 

Glass deserves to be given an environment that it can dominate and become a statement piece rather than just another object.  Buying glass should be regarded as a celebration, of owner and item being brought together through attraction and lust.  This is the experience I wish to bring to customers who already love glass, and to those that have yet to be seduced by it.

 

 

All new work starts with testing and research. I just love shining coloured LED lights through my cast test pieces. You just never know what to expect, how will the colours play with the shadows? This is where the seduction starts.

All photography by Sheryl Vaughan

Robot & Robo-Dog

 

Wax forms were created from the packaging of a tin of biscuits and placed together to form the robot and his dog.

 

Sheryl Vaughan - Robot & Robo-Dog - also fondly named Jammie Dodger and Bourbon.

 Sheryl Vaughan - Close up of Robots face and chest.  It’s amazing how he actually looks like he has facial features and a moustache!  Purely co-incidental - and that is what I love about glass - you never know what you’re going to get when you open that kiln door and crack open the mould.     .

Sheryl Vaughan - Close up of Robots face and chest. It’s amazing how he actually looks like he has facial features and a moustache! Purely co-incidental - and that is what I love about glass - you never know what you’re going to get when you open that kiln door and crack open the mould.

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Molten glass has leaked through the mould and hardened causing paper thin flakes that need to be carefully removed. There is a lot of work to be done to make him loveable.

Robot & Robo-Dog have been created from the lost wax process and cast in Gaffer Glass

 Sheryl Vaughan  Eventually Robo-Dog was placed on a transparent glass stand to ensure he would not run off!

Sheryl Vaughan

Eventually Robo-Dog was placed on a transparent glass stand to ensure he would not run off!

 Sheryl Vaughan - Robot fresh out of the mould

Sheryl Vaughan - Robot fresh out of the mould

One lamp base - Interchangeable lamp domes

 

With a standard dome shape and the production of wax forms taken from either nature or industry, new domes can be designed and created.  Each dome is able to fit onto the standard size lamp base.

 

 

A 5 part mould is used to create the wax form of the lamp base.

 Sheryl Vaughan  Emerald Energy acid polished and lit from beneath within the sandblasted lamp base.  Sold to a very happy couple in Denmark.

Sheryl Vaughan

Emerald Energy acid polished and lit from beneath within the sandblasted lamp base.

Sold to a very happy couple in Denmark.

Hand drawn design screen printed in lilac enamel on transfer paper.

Sheryl Vaughan

Silk screen printed enamel on transfer and applied to hand blown glass dome.

The wax created for Emerald Energy prior to casting in lime green glass.

I have been fortunate enough to live out a dream, by getting into a hotshop and  being taught how to blow glass.  The temperature there is over 1700ºC, the noise from the glory hole and the furnace is almost deafening, but 'playing' with hot fluid glass is totally thrilling.

 

By no stretch of the imagination am I an experienced glass blower. The images below are a tribute to what can be learnt if you have the passion, the time and the money.  If you are serious about wanting to learn this amazing craft, please contact me and I will put you in touch with glass blowers in the UK who will open their studios for beginners. 

 

 

Sheryl Vaughan

Hand blown glass water carafe with silk screen printed enamel design.

Sheryl Vaughan

Silk Screen printed enamel transfers applied to glass embryos prior to blowing the glass.

Sheryl Vaughan - Coy Carp hand blown glass bow with silk screen printed enamel transfers applied to an embryo of glass prior to blowing. The rim of the bowl is undulating to represent the swirling movement of water created by the fish below.

I never knew glass could be so thrilling!

 

Spinning hot glass at breakneck speed in a chicken wire covered cage.  How thrilling to see a hot orange sticky mass, spread out to form a beautiful plate with hand formed inclusions of jewel colours.

 

 

Sheryl Vaughan

Spirogyra - Emerald green inclusion stringers pulled and wound round a steel post which were then played on top of the poured molten glass prior to spinning. The inclusions dictate, to a certain extent, the flow and direction of glass as it spins which dictates the final shape of the rim.

Sheryl Vaughan - Centrifugal Force spun plate with hand pulled glass inclusions.

Sheryl Vaughan - The sparkling reflections created by the sunlight are incredible.

Creating coloured light with glass….

 

Sprinkling coloured powder, as fine as sand from the Seychelles, over a sheet of glass

Letting your imagination go wild, covering the surface of the glass in swirls, sweeps and templated designs. 

With an overnight firing in a flatbed kiln, your artwork is ready the following day.  This is the quickest form of art glass work and perfect for kitchen splash backs, counters, shower doors and windows.

Sheryl Vaughan - Over the Hill - Transfers have been added on to the glass before firing.

Sheryl Vaughan - Winter is Here - Layers of white frit built up over stencils of snow flakes, with a smattering of turquoise and clear glass beads for added contrast and texture.

With pre-cut glass shapes it is possible to make personalised coasters, place mats, wall art or window decoration.

Colours can be layered over each other and then scraped and scratched through to create patterns and textures of varying opacity and translucency.