Cornwall LivingIssue #136

A piece of Cornwall

Claire Harris’ beautiful creations make for perfect keepsakes from the county we all adore.

Handmade in her studio in St Austell, Cornwall, and inspired by the fabulous Cornish coast, Claire Harris’ fused glass creations are each thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted to adorn the homes of ocean lovers all over the country. We speak to Claire who takes us through the beautiful process that goes into creating her stunning pieces.

“As a two to three-day process,” Claire explains, “each piece is created using layers of thin coloured glass, crushed glass and powdered glass. These different forms of glass create the textures and complex details to bring the landscapes alive. It is then heated in a kiln for 13 hours to fuse the crushed glass together, then after cooling and cold working it is returned to the kiln where it is slumped over a mould for another 13 hours to create the distinctive freestanding designs.

“The texture creates a large surface area to allow the reflection and sparkle of natural light. The transparent glass allows light to pass through and the slim footprint allows the glass to be displayed on a narrow shelf as well as windowsills.

“I am greatly inspired by the landscape around Cornwall, which can be seen in the best-selling designs of my Nearly Home Trees on the Devon and Cornwall border, beach scenes in various forms, poppy fields of Polly Joke beach on the north coast, and the iconic Engine House and St Michaels Mount.”

At her open studio and shop in the historic Market House in St Austell’s town centre, Claire is able to design and create whilst interacting with visitors. Her shop has also been featured on Channel 4’s documentary, Devon and Cornwall at Christmas! With many of Claire’s sales coming from her website, and daily dispatches of orders all around the UK, why not head online for the perfect way to have a little piece of Cornwall in your home, wherever you may be.

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