Artwork for Jill Bagnall
A new direction
Oblong tray plates
Colourful little plates
Soap dishes in signature tapestry technique
Ribbon weave plate
Iris flared vessel
The inspiration for my work comes directly from the medium I work with.
Light informs glass; glass + light = magic! So I strive to capture some of that magic in my work.
I usually work with bold colours and my design aesthetic is predominantly abstract; constantly on the look out for new/unusual colour combinations or new ways with old favourites.
I describe myself as a designer maker, rather than artist! Simply to have time & excuse to create is perfect! I like to think I'm adding a little colour to people’s homes as well as some 'fabulously functional' art glass with a wonderful visual, as well as, tactile dimension.
And being a 'creative' means I'm allowed to try out the new.
Jill Bagnall of Fusing Ideas Glass!
I work with kiln formed glass, predominantly the fusing process.
I am working to 'perfect' techniques I use, while absorbing the occassional new one and discover something new.
I play, I experiment and I practice (lots), with warm glass processes. I rarely make the same thing twice so every piece is an individual experiment.
I do bespoke pieces occassionally and create the annual Awards for a national event.
It has also presented the opportunity to encourage others to do the same and I run popular workshops at my studio. My 'students' inspire me and many return again and again to learn more and enjoy some therapeutic, creative, 'me-time'.
I have no formal art training (if I knew then, what I know now?) however I have always enjoyed creating and tried many disciplines & media.
Having chanced on glass and wanting to learn more, I have guided my learning over the last 12 years by attending masterclasses with internationally renowned glass artists; including Richard Parrish, Karl Harron & Frank van den Ham. Early in 2023, I learnt about exciting techniques to enable me to be a little more 'hands on' with my glass.
Occassional selling exhibitions, often with craft Guilds – Shropshire and Worcestershire Guilds of Contemporary Craft; including
Malvern Garden Show and Gorgeous Christmas Craft Fair (Shropshire).
Art in the Park, Leamington Spa.
Local Arts Festivals.
Own Studio in Bishop's Castle, Shropshire.