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My name is Judith Hannington and I live in West Wales on the Carmarthenshire / Ceredigion border overlooking the beautiful Teifi valley. I have always enjoyed crafting and love exploring the versatility of different mediums. Trying my hand at stained glass over 10 years ago is when I first fell in love with the amazing medium of glass.

Lampworking

I started lampworking in summer 2010 working on a noisy gas cannister fuelled torch and using coloured rods of glass to create my beads and cabochons. I knew immediately beadmaking was for me and soon moved on to using a (quieter!) dual-fuel gas torch.

 

My bead and cabochon designs are often inspired by nature, but their shape and form are also simply the result of enjoyable hours spent playing with molten glass.

 

Requiring a kiln for annealing my beads led me back to using sheet glass to explore fusing and slumping but this inevitably led to the need for a dedicated kiln for both individual techniques!

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Yes, I am a bit mad about glass ... and perhaps a little mad generally! The picture above is me with my newest kiln, installed in late 2015. I am currently getting to grips with how it fires together with embracing the challenge of working on a larger scale so it is an amazingly exciting time for me and my glasswork.

 

I love experimenting with different designs to make both functional and decorative items and relish that first peek into the kiln once a firing cycle is complete. I find the process of working with glass completely absorbing and am constantly amazed at how such a fragile material can be manipulated in so many different ways – it grabs all of my attention in a way that no other material ever has.