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Wonderful creations prove that the glass is more than half-full

Post Time:Mar 23,2012Classify:Industry NewsView:260

After spending 2003-4 studying Glass Technology and Techniques at the International Glass Centre in the West Midlands, Hazel Burnham brought her skills back to North Lincolnshire where she now works from her studio.

 

In 2005, Hazel was awarded funding from the Arts Council for an architectural glass kiln which allows her to produce both small and large-scale pieces. She specialises in kiln-formed (or fused) glass, which involves cutting glass into pieces and reassembling it into her designs. It is then fired to a temperature of around 800 Degrees Celsius, when the glass fuses together to make one solid piece.

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Hazel works both to her own designs and also with clients to commission. She has made decorative glass panels for commercial clients as well as for the health sector, where she has worked with dementia patients and carers to create panels for a new reception area. Hazel has exhibited her work widely, including Dubai, and her creations have been bought by glass lovers all over the world.

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Hazel runs glass fusing workshops for anyone interested in creating their own fused glass. She also works with community groups and schools. Her work is on sale in shops and galleries throughout the country, the nearest being The Ropewalk Contemporary Arts and Crafts Centre in Barton Upon Humber.

Taking inspiration from life around her, her current works have developed from the landscape and coast of Lincolnshire. She loves working with vibrant colours.

 

1.     Bird Kitchen Tiles

 

Being surrounded by birds and animals in a rural setting, Hazel designed new kitchen and bathroom tiles to fit in with the Lincolnshire surroundings. Wanting a bright and cheerful kitchen, she created a set of fused glass kitchen tiles in her own colourful style. In the bathroom, she designed and made a series of tiles depicting sheep and chickens to add to the rural theme of the house.

 

2.     Street Life

 

An ongoing fascination with ordinary life in the street lead to Hazel creating this series of glass blocks. Her love of bright colours and the quirkiness of life in general lead her to create a day-to-day street scene with 'Lowry-esque' matchstick people going about their day to day business in their bright, translucent world.

 

3.     Rainbows

 

These were a set of seven glass panels commissioned by the Hersley Group in Doncaster. Hazel made the panels in response to the writings of a young man with autism. His love of rainbows and of the Channel 4 logo, which moves in a 3D effect into final positioning, gave Hazel the idea of making this three dimensional art work.

Source: www.thisislincolnshire.co.ukAuthor: shangyi

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