Rachel works from her studio in Edinburgh, opened in January 2009, where she uses techniques including screen-printing in enamels and lost-wax casting to make her work. She is inspired by the intricate details of life and her work is essentially a representational comment on the world surrounding us as well as a constant challenge to her technical abilities. Mostly working with kiln-formed glass, which essentially requires great planning and preparing of the glass, whether that is with molds or applying enamels, prior to placing it in the kiln and programming it to heat and cool the glass in a certain way. It can sometimes take weeks to prepare a firing and unexpected things can occur, but it is this troubleshooting element that Rachel relishes and keeps her engaged with the material.
Rachel loves working with glass in many different forms, creating never before seem entities and it never ceases to enthral her. It is this passion and excitement that she instils into her work as well as sharing with other people who either visit at shows or the studio or even book onto one of her workshops to learn how to do a bit of glass magic themselves. She completed her BA (Hons) degree at Edinburgh College of Art in 2007 and has since undertaken further workshops at Northlands Glass, Caithness and the Glass Furnace, Istanbul.
She supplies both her giftware and sculptural work to galleries and shops around the UK as well as selling directly at fairs and online.
Year Established: 2009
Arts Trust of Scotland Award - May 2011
East Lothian Craft Makers Award - May 2011
Scottish Glass Society – Travel Award - May 2011
John Connor Award - August 2010
Creative Scotland – Professional Development Award - August 2010
Edinburgh Craft Makers Award - October 2009
Arts Trust of Scotland Award - March 2009
The Ashton Hill Award - The Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters on Glass - 8th May 2007
David Peace Prize - Guild of Glass Engravers - October 2004
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