Meet The Maker – Emma Wells

Emma Wells - Glass Artist

Emma Wells – Glass Artist

Inspired by Victorian intrigue and opulence, old family photographs and ancestral memories, Emma creates atmospheric and romantic designs in kiln-fired glass.

Victorian Faerie

Victorian Faerie

Using the glass as an artist’s canvas, she experiments with techniques and unique surface patterns; layering designs and textures which culminate in ghostly visions and floating images with photographic plate-like qualities. During the firing process these layers burn away and break up, leaving a sense of something that appears aged and worn.

Wood nymph pendant

Wood nymph pendant

The butterfly motif features regularly in her work and symbolises the obsessive nature of the Victorian collectors. Delicate creatures that held the fascination of the era, their apparent fragility mirrors the glass as a medium, whose slight transparency accentuates this idea.

The Butterfly Collector

The Butterfly Collector

Emma likes to describe many of her pieces as ‘house jewellery’; decorative but functional.

Butterfly Dance trinket bowl

Butterfly Dance trinket bowl

Flight trinket bowl

Flight trinket bowl

Her collection of bowls, panels, spoons, jewellery and house jewellery evoke bygone days and faded grandeur.

Peacock wings pendant

Peacock wings pendant

I first met Emma a couple of years ago in Liverpool and I was drawn to her stand immediately. Glass is a challenging medium but the ethereal quality of Emma’s finished pieces stopped me in my tracks. I am so happy to now showcase her work in Heart Gallery; bringing it to Yorkshire for you to enjoy too x

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