Here on the beautiful Isle of Wight, in a village called Bembridge, within a conservatory Workshop, my Husband and I (Marilyn and John Goodwin) work on our joint hobby of Glass Work.
All of our Glass Work is hand-crafted within our workshop, with our own equipment and fired in our own little kiln. Our crafts are NOT imported, bought in cheaply from a different country or mass produced, everything is handmade by us, it is only the material glass we purchase along with our equipment.
We craft with a variety of different glass techniques, Stained Glass, Fused Glass, Slumped Glass and Glass Beads. Fused and Slumped Glass requires the use of our small kiln to fire the glass, the glass we use for these items is professionally tested for compatibility especially for fusing and slumping. Our glass bead items are handmade from glass beads, some of our glass beads are crafted using blowtorch techniques. Our Stained Glass items are crafted using stained (coloured) glass, and fixation techniques using solder. Our mounted items are mounted in a wooden stand, often Mahogany, turned on the Isle of Wight.
All of our crafts are handmade and as a result no two items are the same, each item has its own uniquely different characteristics. When purchasing an item from our website we will try to craft the item as closely as we can to the represented image and details.
A collection of our crafts contain Dichroic Glass. Dichroic glass literally means "two coloured" and is derived from the Greek words "di" for two, and "chroma" for colour. It was thus named because of its fantastic multi-coloured and reflective properties. When you look at this glass, it appears to have more than one colour at the same time, especially when viewed at different angles.
Dichroic glass is not reflective because of special glass or textures. Instead, it is a special coating treatment that is done to the glass. This beautiful glass represents an adaptation of aerospace technology to the world of art. NASA originally developed dichroic glass for use in satellite mirrors in the early 1990s, and also uses it for re-entry tiles on space shuttles.
If you wish to see a demonstration of our crafting, we demonstrate regularly at Bembridge Coast Hotel (information can be found in the "Where to find us" section.