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
Will says of his work
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 '
is something magical about water, from just wondering why the bath always
drains one way to the awesome destruction of the ocean.
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