Lorraine lives and works from her home in Somerset on the edge of the Mendip hills, overlooking the Yeo River. Ten years ago, after many years living and working overseas, a job opportunity for her husband brought them to settle in the beautiful South West. Having made the move it gave her a chance to explore some of the many creative opportunities the area had to offer. She began with courses in ceramics, something that had always held an interest. It was here, purely by chance, that she discovered the art of glass fusing."My teacher shared a studio with his wife, a prominent glass artist. I found myself more and more drawn to her work than my own! I was attracted to the vibrancy of the glass colours. Curiosity got the better of me and after an initial taster session, I was completely hooked!"
She then went on to do a foundation course in glass fusing with 'Warm Glass', Bristol, bought her first Kiln and has never looked back. Since then she has completed a number of further courses in the South West and most recently in the North West, constantly learning new and interesting ways of working.
In her work she uses bold, bright colours, in simple elegant designs. Her work is influenced by the beauty of her surroundings - not only the landscape and coastline, but particularly the glass itself."Glass is such an interesting medium, the colours and combinations are endless. It can be a little unpredictable but that lends itself to the uniqueness of the pieces." Her work includes wall hangings and free standing pieces. This includes useful objects for the home, such as; bowls, dishes, candle holders, coasters and tiles. Her pieces are OOAK (One-of-a-kind) and although similar, they are all unique.
"My hobby quickly became my passion. I hope that you get as much enjoyment from the pieces as I had designing and making them."
Lorraine Chalmers, Yeo River Glass
Fused glass, or Kiln-formed glass as it's also known, is the art of selecting, cutting, decorating and sandwiching together compatible sheets of glass. Once the piece is designed, it is then placed into a Kiln (just like putting a cake into the oven). This is then heated to around 800°C. The glass heats until melting point occurs and the layers of glass fuse together to become one piece. Automatically, the Kiln is cooled until it reaches a temperature of 100°C or lower, at which time it can be safely opened and the glass can be handled. This process takes around 12 hours and can be repeated for extra work or in order to mold a piece into shape. The results are amazing!
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