Charles SharpeI have always admired works in glass and have collected pieces over the years. When the onset of rheumatoid arthritis meant that I could no longer work as a woodturner I decided to follow my love of glass and learn how to make fused glass objects. After a lifetime working with wood, originally as a carpenter and joiner and more lately making turned wood pieces that sold in galleries and are in collections around the world, the challenge of learning a new skill was both stimulating and alarming.
With tuition from an accomplished glass artist I am developing my skills and am establishing my own style of work. My background in woodwork means that I enjoy planning and cutting segmented glass pieces and it is a new challenge to learn to work with colour proportions and placement to achieve the planned design. Most recently I have started to texture my work using a bead blaster to create partial mat effects to accent my designs.