Meet: Wendy Jeavons of Red Brick Glass
How long have you been making your work and how did it all begin?
I gained a 1st class honours degree in Glass and Architectural Glass from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000. I then set up my studio with support from the Crafts Council’s Setting Up Scheme. I returned to glass last year after taking a few year of to have my 3 children.
What processes & techniques do you use in your work?
I use kiln formed glass techniques to create my work. Elements such as sheet glass, granules, rods and enamel transfers are fused together in the glass kiln. . I use beautiful glass colours, petal pinks, sage greens, duck egg blue and cherry red and incorporate screen-printed designs in pretty florals, fun polka dots and stripes.
What are you inspired by?
I am inspired by things that make me smile. That can be natural things like blossom, rainbows, weeping willow trees, butterflies and the sea or lovely objects like vintage cake stands, deckchairs, disco balls and beach huts. I love light, colour and pattern.
Do you have a work space or studio? What is it like?
I work from my lovely studio, a converted barn and outbuildings at home in the little village of Winfrith Newburgh in Dorset.
Where can people buy your work?
At the moment I sell online and at local craft and design events.
I have online shops on Folksy, and also Etsy.
How do you promote your work?
I have a new website and have a page on From Britain With Love. Facebook and twitter are also great for spreading the Red Brick Glass name.
What goals do you have for the future?
I am just designing a new product range which I will sell through shops. I will have my fairy lights in Radiance soon.
What advice would you offer to someone thinking about turning their craft/art into a business?
Making and selling work is fantastic and very rewarding. My advice would be to go for it, but go for it slowly. Take time and care to create the right image for your business, then build your business slowly and enjoy the process. Spare Room Start Up by Emma Jones it a good read.
A few of your favourites (just for fun)….
Person: My husband Richard and my 3 children, Rosie, Jack and Matilda
Food: Fish finger sandwhiches
Thank you for sharing your beautiful glass work with us Wendy, I am in love with your bunting!