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Welcome to Samantha Sweet HandblownGlass 

cut crystal milk bottle and tumbler

Handblown glass for the home 

Central to my work is the making process using traditional skills and quality materials.  The pieces tell a story of how they were made and the history of glass making while reflecting modern culture in their shape and pattern.

On my site you will find lead crystal, the orchid of the glass world.  Cut crystal sucks in light like no other glass, refracts and reflects it back in technicolour.   Soda lime glass of Murano fame comes in the juiciest colour range and is my preferred glass for bead making.  Thirdly borosilicate, a tough and versatile glass making it the perfect choice for working with a torch.  This glass does the equivalent of 0-60 in 3 seconds without compromising on clarity.

About Me

I fell in love with hot glass during a taster session on my BA hons course.  Fiery and literally too hot to handle, I was determined to still be in the room by the end of the day when the queue of hopefuls had dwindled from 20 to 4.  

After graduating I worked in several glass studios and attended classes at Pilchuck and Haystack in the US.  In 2000 I did an MA at the Royal College of Art. 

 

Residencies: National Glass Centre, Broadfield House Glass Museum 

Collections: The Dan Klein & Alan J. Poole Private Collection of Modern Glass, Broadfield House Glass Collection

Member of: Crafts Council Maker Directory, Design Nation, Contemporary Glass Society

Past stockists include Fortnum & Mason, Heals, Conran Shop, Liberty and Selfridges.

Current Stockists: Contemporary Applied Arts, Frivoli

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