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

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

2013

  • 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

  • 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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