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Fiona Fawcett is a glass artist specialising in kiln-formed glass. Her work is inspired by the formation and structure of the natural landscape, the effect upon it by erosion processes, and the human relationship with the environment. She is also interested in social history and the effect that changing economic fortunes have had on the urban, rural and maritime environments. She explores these themes through kiln-formed glass processes, principally glass casting.
This process uses the lost wax method of casting with cold glass slowly heated up to 820°C in a one off refractory mould in the kiln. The glass is then cooled very slowly to avoid stress. Once cold the mould is broken away and the glass form cold-worked and hand polished. This final process exploits the optical qualities of the glass and helps create shadows and reflections creating an element of vitality and movement.
Fiona makes two-dimensional and three-dimensional work for commissions and gallery exhibitions from her studio in Suffolk. She was awarded a First Class Honours degree in Glass and Ceramics from the University of Sunderland in 2015 and is a member of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS).