Richard Glass was born in Plymouth in 1978. He studied Fine Art at Southampton Institute where he played around with projects involving light and transparency, using salt, fat and sugars for casting. This experimental work led him to an interest in glass … “as well as an apt last name … “. Richard relished the idea of learning a skill, feeling that craftsmanship validated his work as an artist.
He trained as a glassmaker with Dartington Crystal and combined this traditional training with studies at Plymouth College of Art. He was awarded an HND in Ceramics and Glass and stayed on to achieve a BA in Applied Art in 2001. In 2003 he gained a Masters degree from the University of Sunderland. Richard set up his own studio, ‘Fluid Glass’ in 2003 and in 2005 Richard moved his studio to Teign Valley Glass at Bovey Tracey, Devon, where he is developing his own line of high quality decorative sculptural glass. Richards work is a combination of handblown and cut or coldworked glass.
Richard says that his designs “feel a little retro but have a contemporary twist”. He hopes that “the last pieces of glass I ever make will be close to my very first efforts… only by then they will be informed by a lifetime’s worth of refinement.”