Iain Smith
glass, fused, kiln-formed, stained glass.
I make fused glass objects exploring the interplay between light, colour and shape. I also design and build my own kilns.
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After more than 30 years in science & engineering, I started learning about kiln formed glass in 2008. I am self-taught, through reading, experiment, mistakes and practice.

My approach is to make designs that are functional and useful, as well as beautiful. Bowls are my favourite form. I like their appearance and feel. They are useful and they make the most of the wonderful colours of glass. We use a number of bowls I have made around our house as dessert dishes and fruit bowls.

I also make plates and coasters and have designed and fabricated leaded glass windows for a number of private houses.

In addition to making glass artwork, I also build some of my own kilns They use a Raspberry Pi (naturally, as this is Cambridge!) as the controller. One kiln is used to produce murrine (glass cane with a pattern through it) that can be made into bowls and plates and the other is a general purpose kiln.