About me ...

Hello, I'm Mercedes and I'm a glass artist, designing and making striking colourful hand-made decorative glassware for you and your home. 

 

Creative with colour and passionate about pattern, I enjoy creating bright and bold patterned pieces often with unusual contrasting colour combinations. I take inspiration from all around me: patterns in the natural world as well as from art, fashion and architecture. 

 

Glass is a fascinating material to work with - it can be tricky to handle but the finished results - when light streams through, make me happy and smile - I hope it will do the same for you. 

 

I enjoy the process of making and delight in creating special pieces that will be enjoyed and enjoyed for many years. Each piece is unique - ususally I have an initial idea, sketch out designs and choose the colours, I cut the glass by hand and assemble the pieces. The process can take a long time to get right, even for simple pieces. The more intricate the design the longer it takes. The piece is then fired, at least once, in a kiln to a temperature of over 700 degrees celsius and a firing schedule takes around 24 hours to complete. Some pieces take several firings to complete. During firing, the glass melts and its colour intensifies - the process is quite magical - you never know quite how it will come out. Each piece is lovingly made - I want to create something special. 


I enjoy undertaking commissions, creating something unique and special for a particular person or occasion and working to a brief.  It's a challenging process, a bit daunting but fun: I like to interpret another person's ideas, create a design or a selection and suggest colours, discuss those with the client and then make them a reality. The process usually involves an initial meeting with the client to understand their needs, exchange ideas, and discuss possible designs and colours. I will also clearly explain pricing and timescales. Then I usually create prospective designs, and arrange to meet with the client again to show them those with suggested colours. Afterwards, I will make a sample to provide the client with a better idea of what the finished piece will actually be like, check they're happy or if any variations are required. Then if they wish to proceed, I will make the final piece and then deliver it to them. It's quite involved but an exciting to engage with the client and create something unique for them. 

 

If you are interested in commissioning a piece of glasswork, perhaps for a special occasion or someone special, please let me know and I will be very happy to discuss your ideas. Please email me at mercoakley@gmail.com