Come and enjoy our gallery which supports over forty talented designer makers. Open Tuesday – Saturday 11.00 am – 4.00 pm.
Andrew Sanders and David Wallace met at North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1974. It was there that they found a common interest in working with hot glass and blown glass in particular. After graduating they established their first workshop in 1981, moving to their present workshop in 1992.
Glass as a material has been in existence for at least 4,000 years, the earliest artefacts being either carved or press moulded. However it was discovered in Syria about 50BC that molten glass could be blown into a bubble from which a hollow vessel could be fashioned. It was the Romans who first developed this simple idea into a highly skilled craft utilising the inherent qualities of molten glass for their decorative techniques. The tools and techniques Andrew Sanders and David Wallace use have changed little from those in use over two thousand years ago, being invented and developed by Roman glassmakers. Simple metal and wooden tools are used to apply decoration and manipulate the glass. Decoration in the form of molten glass, both clear and coloured, is applied during the making process. Some of the pieces they produce are sprayed with a chemical solution which is introduced to the flame of the furnace giving a delicate iridescence.
Combining these traditional techniques and inspired by historical artefacts, they produce a wide range of functional and decorative glass which is unmistakably contemporary. Their designs include vases, bowls, bottles, paperweights and drinking glasses. They comment, ‘Although we work in close collaboration we design separately ensuring a broad and diverse range. Each piece is made individually and so some variation in form and colour is to be expected.’ Each piece is unique and signed by the maker.