Glass by Bryony Raffield
Handmade glass art inspired by flora and fauna. Bryony grew up in a garden nursery in the deepest darkest Devon countryside. A childhood spent playing in the river Exe on tractor inner tubes and making fairy gardens in seed trays. Being surrounded by plants and parents who knew the latin names for all things botanical, set Bryony on an inspired journey to bring plants and nature into the home. Through her degree level graphic design training, she gained a love of interior and print design, which lead her to study glass and colour later, after having children.
Bryony is passionate about the coloured shadows that the glass reflects around a room and the way they change with the seasons.
Each design is drawn and cut by hand and final designs often use pieces of re-purposed rare mouthblown glass that have been salvaged from a glass artists' dismantled workshop. The small shards and unusual shapes of these offcuts often provide the inspiration for new pieces of work.
Bryony primarily uses the Tiffany method of stained glass where the glass is ground smooth around the edges so it fits on top of the design perfectly. After this a copper foil strip is applied to the edges of the glass before soldering all the pieces together into the final design. Using this technique allows her to produce detailed curved designs where the tiniest pieces can be used to complete the finished image. For external windows, she uses the traditional method of leading with lead strips and putty to give a watertight and breathable finish.
In 2018, a year after starting out, Glass by Bryony was shortlisted for the 2018 Liberty of London Open Call for interior decoration.