Elaine Mason worked as a painter/artist in Hereford for many years and discovered kiln-formed glass making in Crete in early 2008 after her recovery from breast cancer. After several courses and a lot of experimenting she set up glass on glass in 2009. Michael Farnsworth joined the business in late 2010 and brought with him over 25 years of retail and merchandising experience. Michael and Elaine now run the business together each providing different and complimentary strengths.
Where possible Elaine works with re-claimed glass, breathing new life into a material otherwise destined for landfill, to create unique pieces of colour and texture – re-cycling at its best! Using a fusing process it is possible to encapsulate all manner of materials between two pieces of glass, from precious metals to seed heads and, for this too, Elaine looks at re-cycling - cutting up used t-light holders, empty tomato puree tubes and even drinks cans create unusual and quirky designs and effects.
Elaine’s inspiration is from the natural world, her designs have an organic feel whether abstract or representational. Light invites ‘lightness’ – glass is not just another medium to convey ideas and colour, it has a depth, luminosity and clarity which can be uplifting and joyful.
Elaine and Michael also teach one-on-one or group glass fusing workshops from a half day Taster Session to a comprehensive weekend course at their studio in rural Herefordshire.