Brian Marriott Glass Art

Creating GlassArt

Reference material is vital to obtain visual influences, especially when emulating recognisable landscapes and coastlines. I therefore shoot my own images or refer to file references. In the case of special commissions I source viewpoints as options and create a visual for the client approval before proceeding.

During the process of creating a piece of Isle of Wight Studio Glass in studio, there are cullets or fragments and shards that are cut to waste and because of their policy to ensure a consistent excellent standard, some pieces get totally rejected and broken.
It is these multi-coloured fragments that I recycle and combine with frit, glass powders and straws to create and construct my GlassArt. Planning out the image is a matter of my personal design skills and selecting the right pieces of glass to enhance the picture is totally100% patience!

An eye for detail

Once the varied selection of glass fragments have been chosen for colour, shape and texture, they are ground, patiently cut and sculpted. By adding glass firing pigments to provide additional detail or texture, the collage emerges from a fusion of blended colours and shapes.
The picture is then placed in the kiln and fired up to 800c to fuse the glass together as one cohesive piece and then cooled slowly to ensure the annealing process is successful.

Creating and painting in glass

I have a choice depending on the finished effect I want to create, to either produce a fused smooth flat surface by taking it to higher temperatures and allowing the fusion of different glass pieces to blend to a smooth finish. By firing for a lesser time, the glass remains a 2D relief which becomes beautifully tactile and resembles impasto oil painting.
A fusing programme can last for up to 24 hours from starting in the kiln until when the glass is cool enough to remove. Remove it too soon, and the glass will cool down too quickly and it is likely to crack - so patience is a must!


I personally like either the contrast between the 2D effect of the shiny glass and a driftwood frame or a matt white or black frame to draw the attention to the glass.

Equally a suitable frame can be discussed with the client to suit their interior requirements.