I remember daubing transparent colour on bits of acetate as a kid, as well as massacring several jam jars with a teeny diamond bit on a battery powered rotary tool. But my first experience and training in glass was a leaded stained glass evening class in 2000 at a local adult education centre and I am still a big advocate for the experiences those centres provide, despite the constant threat of closure by councils. Since then I’ve undertaken formal degree study at Edinburgh College of Art and after graduating in 2007, I was fortunate enough to be accepted for an Ashton Hill Award which resulted in a fantastic work placement at John Hardman Studios, Birmingham. Since then I have also undertaken further short training workshops at Northlands Glass, Caithness and the Glass Furnace, Istanbul.
I returned to Edinburgh and finally took the plunge into building my own glass studio in Edinburgh, which opened in January 2009 and I now run full time making sculpture, giftware, commissions and teaching classes.
I’m inspired by the intricate details of life and my work is essentially a representational comment on the world around me as well as a constant challenge to my technical abilities. There are very few glass disciplines I have not tried and I’ve even mastered a couple of them too! I mostly work with kiln-formed glass, which essentially requires much planning and preparing of the glass, whether that is with molds or applying enamels, prior to placing it in the kiln and programming it to heat and cool the glass in a certain way. It can sometimes take weeks to prepare a firing, only to have the resulting work fail due to some unexpected problem I didn’t foresee, but it is this troubleshooting element that I relish and keeps me engaged with the material.”
Rachel Elliott Glassworks
Castlebrae Business Centre
40 Peffer Place
Mobile Number - 07709 499845
Website - www.rachel-elliott.com