Rachel graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1997 with a First class Honours degree in Design and Applied Arts specialising in ceramics. She now works with fused glass to combine the excitement of kiln firing with the freshness and vibrancy of glass.
Working from her Blairgowrie studio she produces a range of functional and decorative glassware for home and garden. The studio is open by appointment and you are more than welcome to pop in for a chat and a cup of coffee.
The studio- ‘Nest’- is an artists hub, a hive of activity where local makers and designers work and sell. Rachel runs a year round programme of activities and events for all ages and abilities.
‘There is a refreshing vibrancy and depth to working with glass that never ceases to inspire me. Colour and texture, reflected and refracted light, form and function can all come into play in a single piece. It is a creative journey that makes every day a new adventure.’
Rachel’s designs start on paper as a pencil sketch to capture the essence of form and structure. From there she selects and arranges pre- fused glass sample tiles which act as a library of all her colours. This enables her to see how the colours will sit with one another.
‘The balance of colours against each other is of as much importance as how they stand alone and I spend a lot of time making sure each colour balances visually against its neighbour.’
‘The outside- be it garden or hill- the interplay of colour and form are a constant inspiration to me. In the summer the acidic hues of verbena and gentian burn against the bright sky. In the winter my palette turns back towards the wild places where hills arch against heavy clouds and the light is watery and pale.’
About fused glass
Fused glass is an amazing technique for working with beautiful materials. Fused glass pieces are created by combining layers of glass and then heating them in a kiln to fuse them together. The technique is very versatile and can be highly decorative or very simple. Each piece is hand-made and therefore unique.