Louise Nelson runs Studio 86 and has been obsessed with glass since 1995.
â€œIt allÂ started with an innocent part time job in a stained glass studio, the amazing sheets ofÂ colour really had a profound effect. Still I marvel atÂ howÂ glass willÂ change in varying light conditions. Then there are colourÂ combinations that singÂ when placedÂ together. Actual textures on the surface of the glass add yet more interest and delightÂ my textile origins, it is an amazingÂ medium to work in.
However I became disheartened with stained glass in the late 1990's as all the cheap imported lamps flooded the market and like may skilled crafts people before me IÂ struggled to compete. After experimenting with fusingÂ for aÂ whileÂ I then took a course in lampworking.Â This has proved to be the "key stone" for myÂ current work. CreatingÂ glass shapes in front of my eyes isÂ akin to painting with glass and it enables me to add the small detail that stained glass cannot provide.
The future is full of possibilities as I explore various combinations of stained glass, fusing and lampworking techniques.â€