Elaine Mason worked as a painter / artist in Hereford for several years,and discovered kiln-formed glass making in Crete in early 2008 after her recovery from breast cancer. After several courses to hone her craft (and a lot of experimenting!) she set up glass on glass in 2009. Her husband, 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.
Elaine continues to be the primary designer in the partnership and her inspiration comes from the natural world. Her designs have an organic feel whether abstract or representational. She believes that 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.
glass on glass has gone from strength to strength and retail sales at widespread Arts Markets continue to grow. 2013 saw a move into trade sales too resulting in work for sale in galleries all over the UK from the Isle of Iona off Western Scotland to St Just at the tip of Cornwall and many more in between. In addition to producing the smaller and more commercial items Elaine and Michael take on commissions to do large wall panels and splash-backs as well as bespoke wedding table markers and wedding favours.
glass on glass also teach one-on-one and group glass fusing workshops from a half day Taster Session to a comprehensive full day or weekend course at their studio in rural Herefordshire.