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 many years ago is when I first fell in love with the amazing medium of glass.
Yes, I am a bit mad about glass - I love every aspect of working with it, with perhaps the exception of bead cleaning and some elements of coldworking!! I am continually 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 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.
I started lampworking in 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 and this inevitably led to the need for a dedicated kiln for both individual techniques!