Maker

Elizabeth Welch

Elizabeth studied Ceramics and Glass at University in High Wtycombe, going on to complete the Hot Glass Techniques class at Bournemouth and Poole College. 

Through taking short courses in Borosilicate glass working in the UK, youtube videos and an informal apprenticeship Elizabeth gained the basic knowledge to start developing her skills on her own. 

Setting up her business with the help of the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Programme in 2012 gave her the encouragement to continue. In January 2016 Elizabeth took a class at Corning Museum of Glass with Suellen Fowler, a modern master of glass sculpture and whose initial colour experiments have given the Borosilicate glass palette such diversity. 

Elizabeth works from her studio in Angmering, West Sussex and is a relatively new member of the Sussex Guild of Craftsmen. Her work is inspired by the Natural World, particularly the Octopus. Using and oxygen propane flame glass rods are melted together to create flowing arms with swirling colours. Attention is paid to create an animal that has a character as well as trying to stick to the reality of the subject as much as possible. Everything is cooled slowly within a kiln to ‘de-stress’ the glass in a process Called annealing takes place.