Elena working in the studio

I trade under the name of Red Flower Glass and specialise in hot blown glass and flamework.

For me, I love the fluidity of glass and that there are many possible ways to work with it and to cold finish it (cut and polish), giving the solid end result its own specific quality. Glass is always a challenge; there are so many possible things that can go wrong. There is always something new to learn, new techniques to try or even sometimes when you think you have made a mistake, you discover a new way of looking at glass and how to work it; it just makes life more interesting.

Travelling has helped to broaden my horizons and skills. Most of my influences for my Blown work come from nature and the organic form, encompassing all the wonderful places that I have visited and the amazing natural world that I have seen. With my Flamework I keep it quirky and fun reflecting the fascinating life I have seen and my own individual character.

Professional Glasswork Experience

2016

  • Flameworking Demonstration at C03 Studio, Colchester, Essex, UK

2015

  • Joined The Made In Colchester Collective
  • Joined C03 Studio Group

2014

  • One Month Internship at James Lethbridge Glass, Antwerp, Belgium
  • Volunteering at the Hazel Gallery at St Botolph's, The Old Bus Station, Colchester, Essex, UK

2013

  • Flameworking Demonstration at St Botolph's Waiting Room, Kiosk Two, The Old Bus Station, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Making Flameworked Glass Commissions for inclusions to Layne Rowe's Blown Work at London Glassblowing, 62-66 Bermondsey Street, London, UK
  • Volunteering at the The Waiting Room Project at St Botolph's, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Assistant to Bruce Marks, Layne Rowe and Louis Thompson at London Glassblowing, 62-66 Bermondsey Street, London, UK

2012

  • Flameworking Demonstration for Open Studios at Red Flower Glass Studio, Colchester, Essex, UK

2011

  • Flameworking Demonstration at Red Flower Glass Studio, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Flameworking Demonstration at Glass Art Gallery, Glass From The Past, Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, UK
  • Setting up Red Flower Glass Studio, Colchester, Essex, UK

2010

  • Assistant to Lynden Over at Lava Glass, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Assistant to Chris Jones at Lava Glass, Taupo, New Zealand
  • Assistant to John Penman at John Penman Glass, Auckland, New Zealand

2009

  • Hot Glass Tutorial Assistant at Wanganui Glass School, Wanganui, New Zealand
  • Assistant to Neil Bridges at Barleylands Glassworks, Billericay, Essex, UK

2008

  • Assistant to Neil Bridges at Barleylands Glassworks, Billericay, Essex, UK

2007

  • Assistant to Colin Reid at Colin Reid Glass, Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK

Exhibitions / Galleries/ Fairs

2017

  • Boha Glass, ‘Sunnyside’, Blackmoor Road, Abbots Leigh, North Somerset, UK
  • Liquid Fire -Flameworking, Online Exhibtion, Contemporary Glass Society Website, www.cgs.org.uk/exhibitions
  • VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Tymperleys, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Mixed-up Motley, Online Exhibtion, Contemporary Glass Society Website, www.cgs.org.uk/exhibitions
  • Water Street Glass, 73 Water Street, Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
  • Co3 Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK

2016

  • Pryamid Designer Glass, 23 St. Werburgh Street, Chester, UK
  • Level Best,D'arcy House, 3 Culver Street East, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Water Street Glass, 73 Water Street, Lavenham, Suffolk, UK
  • Coastal Exhibition at VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Spring Exhibition with Focus on Glass at VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Mercury Restaurant, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Cupid is in Town Exhibition at VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Digby Gallery at Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Tymperleys, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Co3 Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK

2015

  • Winter Art Market, Made in Colchester, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Tymperleys, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Made In Colchester - Exhibition at Slice, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • ENAS Studios Events, Co3 Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Layer Marney Tower, Joint Exhibition, Co3 Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • "Surface Reality"- Sandblasting, Online Exhibtion, Contemporary Glass Society Website, www.cgs.org.uk/exhibitions
  • The Perfect Little Gift Exhibition at VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Naze Tower, Spring Exhibition, The Naze, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, UK
  • Spring Exhibition at VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Glass Sculpture by Elena Fleury-Rojo Exhibition at Co3 Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Valentine Exhibition at VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Children's Stories in Glass Solo Exhibition, Red Lion Books, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK

2014

  • Frosted Earth Exhibition, Sculpt Gallery, Priory Mews, Braxted Park Road, Tiptree (near Great Braxted) Colchester, Essex, UK
  • VK Gallery, Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire, UK
  • Layer Marney Tower, Joint Exhibition, Co3 Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Co3 Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Naze Tower, Summer Exhibition, The Naze, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, UK
  • 'SPRUNG' Sculpt Gallery, RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
  • Les Livres Gallery, Colchester Library, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, UK
  • Hazel Gallery Spring Arts Fair, St Botolph's, The Old Bus Station, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • "On Stormy Ground" Online Exhibtion, Contemporary Glass Society Website, www.cgs.org.uk/exhibitions
  • Avocet Arts, Dedham Art + Craft Centre, High Street, Dedham, Essex, UK
  • Naze Tower, Spring Exhibition, The Naze, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, UK
  • Hazel Gallery at St Botolph's, The Old Bus Station, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Sculpt Gallery, Priory Mews, Braxted Park Road, Tiptree (near Great Braxted) Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Monty's Beads, Colchester, Essex, UK

2013

  • Amelie Rose Fair, Winter Event, Wivenhoe British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
  • Sculpt Gallery, Priory Mews, Braxted Park Road, Tiptree (near Great Braxted) Colchester, Essex, UK
  • St Helena Hospice, Pamper Event, Tending Centre, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, UK
  • Hazel Gallery at St Botolph's, The Old Bus Station, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Glass Fest, Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, UK
  • Naze Tower, The Naze, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex, UK
  • Amelie Rose Fair, Wivenhoe British Legion, The Quay, Wivenhoe, Essex, UK
  • Weasel in a Teacup, The Summer Art Market, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Town to Port Festival, King Edward Quay, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Hush Hush Gallery, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, UK
  • Weasel in a Teacup, The Easter Art Market, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Glass From The Past at Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, UK

2012

  • Christmas Art and Design Fair, The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Weasel in a Teacup, The Christmas Art Market, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Open Studios, Red Flower Glass Studio, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Weasel in a Teacup, The Autumn Art Market, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • GBUK Stand at Bonded Warehouse, International Glass Festival, Stourbridge, UK
  • Weasel in a Teacup, Art Market, Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • The Great Glass Bead Game Exhibition (official Essex Cultural Olympiad event) at Slack Space, Victoria Place, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Firstsite, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Beads and Lampworking Online Exhibtion, Contemporary Glass Society Website, www.cgs.org.uk/exhibitions
  • The Minories Art Gallery, Colchester, Essex, UK
  • Glass Art Gallery, Glass From The Past at Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, UK

2011

  • Glass From The Past at Barleylands Craft Village, Billericay, Essex, UK
  • Slack Space at Colchester, Essex, UK

2009

  • Digby Gallery at Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Essex, UK

2008

  • Glasshaus III at Pardon Mill, Harlow, Essex, UK
  • National Trust at Melford Hall Autumn Show, Long Melford, Suffolk, UK
  • New Designers SELECTION at Village Underground, Shoreditch, London, UK
  • New Designers at The Business Design Centre, London, UK
  • Graduation Show at Bucks New Uni, High Wycombe, Bucks, UK

Publications

  • In Business, Issue 14, May 2016, A Head for Business, Keeping up with your Passion
  • GBUK Journal, Issue 8, 2016
  • GBUK Journal, Issue 7, 2015
  • GBUK Flame Online Magazine, December 2014, Torchlight on Elena Fleury-Rojo
  • Essex Life, November 2014, Art Life, Shaping the Future
  • GBUK Journal, Issue 6, 2014
  • Craft and Design Magazine, Issue 232, 2014 - March/April, Children's Stories in Glass
  • Featured Artist, January Edition 2014, Hazel Gallery Newsletter
  • GBUK Journal, Issue 5
  • Bead Magazine
  • Craft and Design Magazine
  • Mix Interiors Direct
  • Bucks Free Press
  • Craft Magazine

Competition

2012

  • GBUK Glass Bead Competition, First Place, Beginner Section, Theme Fauna

Education

2012

  • Finishing Touches - British Studio Glass Seminar, Just Glass, London, UK
  • Glass Engraving Class at Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge, UK

2011

  • Screen Printing Glass with Heather Power at Warm Glass, Wrington, UK
  • Flameworking – Short Course with Marion Sidebottom at Hothouse Beads, Essex, UK

2010

  • Flameworking – Short Course with Lisa-Jane Harvey at Born to Bead Studio, Auckland, New Zealand

2008

  • BA Hons Ceramics with Glass (2:1) at Bucks New Uni, High Wycombe, Bucks, UK

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