Hi, I’m Jackie
I work from my small studio/ workshop in the SO31 area of Southampton,
where I am happy to welcome visitors by appointment.
Most of the glass work I do, apart from the Dichroic glass jewellery, is by commission. I do not sell from my website but use it as a platform for visitors to see some of the work I have completed in the past, and also to give customers an idea of what I can achieve for them.
I make traditional Stained Glass windows and panels, as well as Decorative Overlay leaded windows for double glazed units and also Sandblast Etched glass, and mirrors.
The designs are basically the same, although there is a little more scope with the overlay method as there are no small pieces of glass to cut.
There is no doubt that traditional stained glass looks more impressive, but with the current government legislation compelling all new windows to be double glazed, the alternative method of overlay leading is a viable, and considerably cheaper option.
With leaded windows, each little piece of glass is cut from a variety of different coloured and textured glasses that are then surrounded in lead and soldered together to make a window that is both durable and weatherproof.
The overlay method uses a single sheet of glass that is decorated with different coloured films then edged with self adhesive lead. This glass can then be used alone or made into a double glazed unit.
Sandblast Etched glass can be just frosted in a simple design, deep carved or glue chipped.
- Each window is made to order from either the customers own design or from a design produced after a detailed discussion with the customer regarding preferences and budget.
- Two or three scaled drawings are then produced for viewing
- Exact measurements of window are confirmed.
- If one of the designs is suitable, a full size drawing is produced.
- Customer then chooses glass (or coloured films) for design.
- Window is constructed
Dichroic Glass Jewellery
Dichroic glass was originally created for the aerospace industry for satellite mirrors, but it now has many technical uses including lighting, fiber optics, infra-red lasers, motion picture equipment, sun glasses and many more.
The most striking characteristic feature of this glass though is that it has a transmitted colour and a completely different reflective colour. This means that it is one colour when looking through it but totally different when it has a backing. Futhermore these colours again shift and change depending on the angle of view. with this amazing feature and its vibrant colours it is an ideal medium for jewellery.
My first experience of working with Stained Glass was at a night school class at Swanmore school, which I attended whilst working full time in the pharmaceutical industry. I enjoyed the class so much that I decided to follow on with the subject and gained a City & Guilds certificate in Stained glass and Stained glass design at Chichester College.
After being made redundant when the company I worked for closed, I used the opportunity to re think my Career and decided to enroll on a full time degree course at the University of Portsmouth. Five years later I left with a first class honours degree in Restoration & Decorative Studies. All my major projects were in glass.
I completed my studies by doing a three month work experience placement at “Vetrate Artistiche Toscane” glass studio in Siena Italy.
It was in Siena that I first worked with Dichroic glass and was one of the first people in the UK to make jewellery from this fascinating glass.
Later, I decided to branch out and learn the art of Sandblasting on glass, which I did at “Etchmaster,” Professional glass consultants in Santa Fee, New Mexico.
Since then I have been doing exhibitions, commissions and workshops from my studio.