Glass Art by Ann Beacham

I have been creating glass art for over 20 years, with my beginnings in lead light. Initially I started creating lead light windows for my homes. As time progressed, I was asked to restore and create some lead light lamps, windows and sun catchers.

poppies on glass plate

More recently I have started creating my glass art using fusing and slumping methods. This process involves cutting, shaping, and melting together multiple pieces of glass to a finished piece. The fusing process involves a lot of forward thinking to get the right results as the glass shape changes as it is heated. These pieces can be 2 or 3 dimensional, sometimes requiring multiple firings to get the blend and shape required. Slumping can take on many forms, with bowls and platters being very popular. This process uses a mould to define the final shape.

I get a lot of inspiration from my surroundings and my garden, and incorporate that into my work. I am also open to suggestions for art works, and have done some commission work for people wanting a unique piece.

Working together with my husband Adrian, we often bounce ideas off each other. Until recently, I had been sharing the work area with Adrian and his metal art. I now have a purpose built glass studio for my work. I hope to be able to pass on my knowledge to others in the way of lessons very soon

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