So Claudia, how did you get into glass art?
I have always loved art but worked in the telecoms industry for years. When my daughter started pre-school I became a mosaicist which I loved, but it was time consuming and I could only do a couple of projects a year.
When I turned forty I attended a glass-fusing workshop. I fell in love with this art form and never looked back. I started making jewellery and was selected by the National Trust to supply jewellery to their shops for a year, which allowed me to open a small studio. It has steadily grown from there.
What do you love about glass?
There is something magical about it – its translucency, the myriad of colours and reflections, and of course its unique amorphous composition which allows it to turn from solid to liquid then back to solid.
How would you describe your designs?
They are predominantly abstract and inspired by nature or simple shapes. I love bold colours but also subtle hues and monochromes, and like to explore different combinations, influenced by the design itself, the seasons or a customer’s request.
I have a thing for trees – I paint intricate skeleton trees on a lot of my work and often personalise them for special occasions.
What led to you opening your Monson Road gallery?
We moved to Tunbridge Wells five years ago.
Finding a space was a challenge and my kilns were in storage for six months. I opened GLASS in September 2020, and despite the lockdowns, its success has exceeded every expectation. Being able to create work and sell on the same premises is fantastic.
What can gallery visitors expect to see?
I want to offer something for people of all walks of life, ages and budgets, so I make small and large decorative and functional pieces. This ranges from small gifts to tableware, home accessories, wall artwork, 3D statement pieces, splash backs and even door panels.
What’s your USP?
Visitors can also see me working, get an insight into what glass fusing is about and enjoy a unique shopping experience!
You are a member of the TN card. Tell us about this…
The TN card is a fantastic way to support and promote local businesses whilst giving back to the community and to West Kent Mind. I love all the brilliant initiatives and it is great to see the TN card grow and go from strength to strength.
What are you working on currently?
I am making a sample splash back to display at the gallery. I am also working on a commission to make a semi-arched room divider, and as always, I’m planning lots of new designs.