Stained glass designer Eva Pollard is based in St Werburghs, Bristol – where she creates unique, kiln-formed glass window panels, jewellery and gifts.
After studying Sociology, Eva worked in the voluntary sector within Bristol. It wasn’t until 2004 that Eva turned her attentions towards glass art, when she enrolled on an evening course at Bristol School of Art. In 2010, Eva developed this interest into a professional career. Now specialising in designing and making stained glass window panels using traditional leadwork, alongside making fused glass jewellery and gifts, Eva also explores the techniques of mosaic, copper-foil, and etching.
Talking with Eva about her artwork and the inspirations behind her designs, she explains:
“The versatility of glass types and techniques make it a fascinating medium to work with, and I have always loved how the shades of coloured glass change in different light. A lot of my work is inspired by nature and travel, but Bristol’s iconic images of boats and balloons often creep into my pieces too, which are usually very bold and colourful. I am also fascinated by geometric patterns, especially Moorish designs, which I have been able to capture through mosaic techniques.”
Eva creates her fused glass pieces using a kiln, which is used to heat one or more pieces of glass together until they reach a temperature of 765 degrees (minimum) and can meld together. The high heat of the kiln produces the curvature on her glass pieces, and it can be a risky business:
“There is always an element of risk with glass fusing and you never quite know how a piece is going to turn out until you open the kiln. This keeps me on my toes!” Eva says.
Setting Eva apart, is her choice of dichroic glass as a material – it has the unique ability to reflect one colour, while transmitting another. This gives her jewellery pieces especially, a special edge – perfect for the Christmas season upon us.
“Dichroic glass is manufactured by spraying a thin chemical film onto the glass in a vacuum chamber, making it one of the most expensive glasses to produce. For this reason, I only use dichroic glass in jewellery unless it is specifically commissioned to be in a larger piece.” Eva reflects upon the economics of using this particular material.
Eva Pollard glass art is available within Bristol, at the following retailers: Bristol Blue Glass, Objets de Desir, Allsorts Handmade, 212 and Coexist on Gloucester Road, and the Betterfood Company in St Werburghs. Eva is also a member of the Wye Valley Crafts Association who operate the Abbey Mill gift shop in Tintern.
Eva accepts commissions for both stained glass window panels and smaller fused glass items. Please contact Eva for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on Eva Pollard: www.facebook.com/EvaPollardGlassDesign