Welcome to Galiani Glass Art where Ian and Gail are the collaborative artists that make Galiani an exciting glass studio located within the heart of Dorset.
Their adventure with kilnformed glass, also known as fused glass, began way back in 2010 where they became immediately mesmerised by this amazing material. The range of magnificent glass colours allowed them to develop their creative styles through the interaction of light and shadow, reflection and transparency within this incredible amorphous material.
From those early days they have never looked back as they developed their individual skills, learning new ways to develop their passion for glass; increasing their capabilities, investing in themselves and their equipment to grow their humble workshop into the Studio it is today. The Studio environment they have now created allows them to use their artistry and craftsmanship to create an ever-increasing range of glass art and also to allow them to grow and develop their work and style.
Ian says “We really took an unusual pathway towards learning our glass craft and have now developed a wide range of techniques and skills through our ‘forever learning’ approach, where we grew from our smaller pieces towards the large glass art wall panels, glass commissions and kitchen splashbacks which we now design and create as well. All of this allows us to let our creative energy move in many challenging directions and never let ourselves be held back by our ideas while we work out how this amazing material gets people going ‘wow!’ “.
Gail and Ian work individually and together to produce their beautifully crafted pieces of Glass Art, sometimes using the dynamism and elemental power of nature and then to their contemporary art styles inspired by colour, shape and the ever changing world around them.
Gail says “I love how the flexibility of working with glass means I can create a new wall design one day and then work on a distinctive jewellery piece that combines our glass with our own silver designs the next. Even the process of creating our own lampwork beads is ‘art in miniature’. Using hot glass, we build layer upon layer of colour so delicately and intricately. All these challenges encourage us to experiment and push our craftsmanship to try new techniques and combinations – it really is amazing!”
They find the work they do with their clients incredibly rewarding, especially when they see the initial and often emotional reaction as their clients first see the finished piece, be this a small intricate piece of jewellery or a large statement piece of art for the wall or the garden it always gives them a feeling of great satisfaction and pride.
Whether making individual pieces, or larger commissions, Ian and Gail want their customers and clients to feel important, enjoy the two-way process and appreciate the enthusiasm and love of glass that the artists have. They have always wanted to create a wide range of glass that everyone can value and own, from the affordable to the unique or statement pieces.
Ian and Gail can be found welcoming visitors to their Studio in a very unique and historic location in Dorset; giving everyone the opportunity to see where they work and where the alchemy and inventiveness becomes reality.You will always find them approachable and professional and enjoying the process of design and creativity, working on personal and collaborative commissions with clients to produce unique pieces of Art to be treasured.
You can contact Gail and Ian through their Contact Page or call them to arrange a visit to their Studio on 07980 765753. Studio directions can be found here. Alternatively you can see them at any of the events they have planned here.
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