Most of the works that Elena has in Hazel Gallery are small, delicate and intricate pieces of flameworked glass. ‘Blown glass is my passion but I also love the ability of using flameworked glass in conjunction with other materials. For example, my latest flameworked collection ‘Children’s Stories in Glass’ mixes pages from old children’s story books with my glass pieces.’
Although working with the small torch can be limiting in one aspect, it also provides a creative challenge that has its own rewards. She says ‘I love trying to push the boundaries of free form sculptures which I can manipulate in the flame and the versatility that can be achieved.’
At home, her purpose built studio houses a flameworking area and cold shop (the cutting and polishing of glass). From here she has recently started teaching flameworking on a one-to-one basis, which we’ve been fortunate enough to try and can definitely recommend!
Blown glass is Elena’s other specialism, of that she says ‘for my blown work, nature and organic forms are my main inspiration. I love the free flowing forms and tactile essence of nature.’ Despite not having a dedicated space ‘I have to rent hot shop space (the actual blowing of glass) from other glass blowers’ Elena hopes to one day set up her own glass blowing studio in Colchester.
Elena has a range of work available at Hazel Gallery, including prints of her stunning blown glass work, glass jewellery and her popular ‘Children’s Stories’ series. Her full and half-day flameworking courses are available to beginners and intermediates.
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