The Big Skill 021In the beginning….

FoxGlass was founded in 2008 after Chris quit a successful job in sales to pursue his passion for glass. Together with his wife Tanith they set up a small studio in their back yard. The uninformed could have easily have mistaken this for a converted coal shed.

Quickly outgrowing the 3 square meter space the couple and their two young children moved to Builth Wells, where the studio upgraded to 2 large sheds in the garden and overtook much of the ground floor of the house.

By January 2014 the FoxGlass HQ was firmly settled in its current studio gallery, a former blacksmith’s workshop attached to the family home in Llangunllo.

 

What we do….

We make collectible and unique glass gifts including:

  • Pendants and other jewellery.
  • Traditional baubles and hanging ornaments with a contemporary twist.
  • Spinning tops.
  • Stemware, including personalised wine glasses.
  • Marbles.
  • Vases and small glass vessels.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer gifts for all occasions and also offer Flamework demonstrations, taster sessions, workshops and more extended glasswork tuition and talks for crafts groups.

Visitors to our studio gallery watch the flameworking process or take part in taster sessions. Students experience the wonder of working with molten glass and take away their very own glass creation. We welcome drop in visitors but if you’re making a special journey we recommend giving us a call to avoid disappointment.

Our sales stand and mobile studio can be found at many events and festivals locally and throughout the UK,

Chris Fox-James

Chris Fox-James

The Flamemonkey

When not working in the studio, Chris can often be found in the kitchen. His enthusiasm for food almost equals his passion for glass. Chris trained as a photographer after leaving school and also served in the army.

 

Tanith Fox-James

Tanith Fox-James

Everything but the Glass blower

When not keeping up with the admin and other FoxGlass jobs Tanith can be found sewing or painting. Tanith is a trained florist.

What is flameworking?

Flameworking was traditionally known as lampworking, an oil filled lamp was used to produce a flame in which molten glass was worked, blown and formed into a multitude of objects.

Modern glass lampworkes continue the tradition, using gas fuelled torches for a more controlled flame.  Clear and coloured rods, tubes and powders are melted and worked, using many of the same techniques that were developed while making the first glass beads and other small glass objects around the 5th Century BC.

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