aflamewithdesire

Hand blown glassware, gifts and glass chandeliers

Ambleside, United Kingdom · 202 Sales

aflamewithdesire

Hand blown glassware, gifts and glass chandeliers

Ambleside, United Kingdom 202 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   I blow and sculpt rods and tubes of glass using a hot torch flame to create one-off, unique and totally individual pieces.

All my items are individually handmade using borosilicate (boro) glass, taking inspiration from nature and the landscape around us. This very special glass gives layers of depth, texture and colour that are unique and fascinating.

I ship worldwide.

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Last updated on Mar 18, 2016

I blow and sculpt rods and tubes of glass using a hot torch flame to create one-off, unique and totally individual pieces.

All my items are individually handmade using borosilicate (boro) glass, taking inspiration from nature and the landscape around us. This very special glass gives layers of depth, texture and colour that are unique and fascinating.

I ship worldwide.

Emma Mackintosh

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Emma Mackintosh

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Finishing a heart stem for one of the champagne glasses

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A Flame with Desire - Artisan flameworked glass from the heart of the Lakes

Using a small, gas-fired torch, I melt rods and tubes of glass to create blown and sculptural pieces. This is known as flameworking and is a traditional, centuries-old skill. The glass I use is a bit less traditional! Usually used for laboratory and scientific glassware, it is borosilicate glass - or Pyrex, also originally used for ovenware.

Borosilicate glass needs a hotter flame to melt it that other types of glass, and it is more thermally stable and stiffer to work with. In the mid-20th century, people in the US started to add chemicals to borosilicate glass to produce colours... a wide range is available today. Coloured borosilicate glass can be quite different to work with from other types of glass and requires knowledge (and sometimes luck!) to gain the desired colours and effects. It's often a challenge but (almost) always fun.

I love to blow glass, and to form it to make sculptural pieces. I love nature and the natural world, and have a leaning towards the quirky and different that often creeps in to what I produce.

I have demonstrated flameworking at events in the UK and overseas and exhibited in the UK. Selected artist for the US Glass Art Society Lifeforms exhibition 2013 (Beetroot with Shield Bug) and the British Glass Biennale 2015 (Chandelier with Magnolia and Blossom), finalist in the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers' commission competition, 2015 and finalist for their Great Fire of London Schools project 2016

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  • Emma Mackintosh

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    I live and work in the heart of the English Lake District. I am a flameworker, melting, sculpting and blowing rods and tubes of hot glass to form my work. Pieces made include glass chandeliers, lighting, gifts, jewellery and homewares.

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Last updated on May 5, 2015
I create original, artisan lampwork glass beads and jewellery in my studio in the heart of the English Lake District. All my beads are carefully cleaned and annealed in a digitally-controlled kiln.
I work with boro (borosilicate) glass which provides a unique and exciting colour palette, excellent clarity and strength and is an excellent choice for jewellery and sculptural work.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I currently accept payments by Paypal. UK customers are welcome to contact me to pay by credit or debit card or by cheque. Please note that I am unable to ship orders paid for by cheque until the cheque has cleared.

Payment must be received within 3 days of purchase, unless previously arranged.
Shipping
I aim to ship your order within 48 hours of payment, and sooner if possible.

I ship worldwide from the UK. All international orders are sent by airmail, which usually takes 7-10 days for North America and 4-5 days for Europe.
UK orders are sent first class. If you would like to have your order shipped by special delivery, please let me know - extra charges will apply.
Shipping times can be slightly longer during the holiday seasons, particularly at Christmas - please allow some extra time for your purchase to arrive at these times.
Refunds and Exchanges
If for any reason you are unhappy with your purchase, I will be happy to arrange a refund or exchange. Items should be returned to me undamaged and in the original packaging, fit for resale, within 28 days of original receipt.
Please note that I am unable to provide a refund on items that I have not received, and would therefore recommend using a tracked service to return items.
This does not affect your statutory rights.
Additional policies and FAQs
I create my glasswork to last. All my work is made with care and attention and kiln annealed for durability. However, all glass needs to be treated with respect and looked after, and will not withstand dropping on hard surfaces, bangs or hammering!