Deborah Timperley Glass

Since graduating over 20 years ago I've specialised in creating one off cast glass bowls and sculptures. I've shown internationally as well as prestigious exhibitions such as the British Glass Biennale.
The textured glass bowls are one of my favourite ways of working, a method I have developed and evolved. The surface is created using highly textured fabrics. The juxtaposition of surface marks such as the weave, frayed edges or structural folds of deeply ribbed fabric create the composition.
My most recent bowls feature small handmade elements which I cast and fire and then I incorporate them in a second firing to make by abstract flower and berry bowls.
All the pieces are unique - the plaster mould is broken away - then the bowl is fired again to a lower temperature to create a bowl form. Finally the edges are highly polished which highlights the colour and contrasts with the opacity of the textured glass.
My bowls are often highlighted with 23.5ct gold or gold lustre, the allure of the gold sets off the jewel like colours of the glass and creates a beautiful handmade centrepiece.
I make sculptures too! They explore the beauty of stone bridges, harbour walls, dry stone walling and rocky outcrops.
The compositions are evocative of the landscape and suggest rocks and stones placed harmoniously together, contrasting defined edges with the softness of adjacent vegetation. The blocks of colour echo the surrounding landscape, water and sky. They have a sense of place and atmosphere.
I belong to the Society of Designer Craftsmen, the Sussex Guild and Just Glass.
My workshop is in West Sussex and is in a converted stable, a wonderful place to make and create.

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