Elizabeth Welch

About Elizabeth Welch

I began my fascination with glass in 2009, graduating with Ceramics and Glass from Bucks. New University.

Glass is both a solid and a liquid. It is beautiful and fragile, yet can be dangerous and strong. It is a magical material in both its’ molten and solid state.

Working with Hot Glass forces me to intuitively and actively engage with the material. Each piece is a partnership between myself and the material. The connection between my mind and my hands, the flow of the material and my own emotions results in a piece of work that expresses my inner self.

I make my work using two hot glass techniques. Glass blowing and Lampwork. The two techniques give me two distinct bodies of work.

I specialised in Glass blowing at University and further developed my blown work at Bournemouth and Poole College. I continue to design and make pieces as part of a team with Christian D. Maas and Ian Bamforth.

I then discovered Borosilicate Glass Lamp working and set up a small studio, with the help of the Princes Trust Enterprise Programme in 2012.

I have since established myself as a glass designer/maker, becoming a member of The Surrey Guild of Craftsmen and a being accepted as a Freeman to the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. I exhibit nationally through craft shows, shops and galleries, I have also begun to teach lamp-working.

I am always looking to expand my skills and knowledge, and to take my designs into new and exciting directions. I returned from a winter class with Suellen Fowler at Corning Museum of Glass, USA, full of inspiration and I am very excited to begin the next phase of my creative practice.