Will Shakspeare

Will Shakspeare

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Will Shakspeare is one of the countries best known glass blowers. He has been featured regularly in the press and on TV including Kirsties Homemade Home and Kirsties Homemade Christmas with Kirstie Allsopp and in the Saturday Telegraph and most recently the Telegraph Magazine with David Nicholls. Will set up Shakspeare Glass [just] over 25 years ago and has supplied many galleries and well known stores in that time. He has also worked in Central and South America as a consultant in glass production and design for various NGO's. In more recent years he has been joined by his wife Kate who generally looks after the trade side of things. And now both children are involved too. Ed as Saturday assistant and Elly helping with cleaning, serving and cafe. Will works with a small and very talented team of glass assistants, and we have fantastic help with all other aspects from some fab locals.

Will says of his work  I make a wide range of different designs which are constantly evolving. I deliberately design glass with a random factor, an aspect that is beyond my control. I try and use colour so that it affects the final shape of the piece in a natural and fluid way. In doing this I have to work with the glass rather than completely imposing my own constrictions.

 And on inspiration ' There is something magical about water, from just wondering why the bath always drains one way to the awesome destruction of the ocean.

I have always loved rock pools; I have albums of photographs taken over the years of different pools in different places. They fascinated me when I was small and they still do. 

Now the flow of the tide is becoming an intrinsic part of my work, both in pools and the sea. The reflection of sunlight as the tide pulls back and forth on the plants and creatures in the water is something that has eluded me with a camera or pencils. To me it seems plain to use glass as a medium for this expression. Glass captures the qualities I love about the sea and water in a fluid way as no other can.'

Shakspeare Glass HQ is by the River Parrett in Langport, a small historic town in the heart of the Somerset Levels. 

Status: For sale. Title: 107 - Flotsam Bowl Large Aqua  Price: £230.00
Title : 107 - Flotsam Bowl Large Aqua
Size : 6.50" x 6.50"
Medium : Glass
Price : £230.00
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107 - Flotsam Bowl Large Aqua by Will Shakspeare

Status: For sale. Title: 118 - Nougat Large Bowl  Price: £165.00
Title : 118 - Nougat Large Bowl
Size : 6.25" x 7.00"
Medium : Glass
Price : £165.00
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118 - Nougat Large Bowl by Will Shakspeare

Status: For sale. Title: 155  Flotsam medium tall bowl - neutral Price: sold
Title : 155 Flotsam medium tall bowl - neutral
Size ---: 7.00" x 6.00"
Medium : Glass
Price : sold
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