Made in Somerset
PUBLISHED: 16:37 16 November 2015 | UPDATED: 16:37 16 November 2015
When it comes to choosing the perfect gift - head to Somerset’s many artisan makers - top of my list to Santa is Burnham-on-Sea’s Blueberry Glass
Based in the small seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea, Sheila Rendell has been producing gorgeous fused glass for almost 15 years as Blueberry Glass.
It’s grown from a little kiln and a handful of ideas. “I outgrew my first kiln within 18 months, I was so addicted to this method of working with glass!”
Sheila started out as a stained glass artist, mainly doing commission panels for private clients. But after buying a small piece of fused glass on holiday, the time had come to really expand her creativity.
The technique of layering the glass and fusing, adding elements, textures and finishes, are all used in the process of making the glass.
“Using the coast and countryside of the West Country comes quite naturally, with ideas that often evolve from little sketches through to finished pieces. I love that the texture suits my sway towards the blue, turquoise and aqua colours that people have become to know me for. I can’t imagine doing anything other than workingwith glass now, living and working by the coast, being creative every day…it’s perfect.”
Blueberry Glass continues to grow, the arrival of a second kiln is imminent and will give more time to experiment with new ideas. Sheila attends events with Blueberry Glass throughout the year, including the Devon County Show and Mid Devon Show, as well as supplying a select number of galleries and gift shops across the South West. “Last year saw the launch of the new website and I’m thrilled with how well its doing so far.”
Inspiration is ongoing, feeding the creativity all the while. Here’s to another 15 years for Blueberry Glass!