Welcome to Inspired-glass
Stained glass, fused glass, suncatchers, lamps, door and window panels, tealights, dichroic jewellery and greetings cards - all handmade in Sunny West Cork, Ireland.
We are a small studio designing stained glass and fused glass - situated near Ballydehob in the far South-West of County Cork, Ireland. You can find us at a number of local stockists, including West Cork Crafts in Skibbereen) and from time to time at local markets, craft / art shows and exhibitions.
About Stained glass
Each stained glass item is unique, we generally use the intricate 'Tiffany' technique - where every piece of self-coloured glass is hand-cut to size, and individually wrapped in thin copper-foil, before being carefully soldered together and then hand-finished.
This process allows much finer detail than traditional 'leaded' stained glass while still producing a strong and stylish result. Other studios may use a variety of cheaper alternative techniques involving various types of plastic and paint - but all of our work is made the ‘old fashioned’ way - which takes longer, but produces a better effect and a long-lasting result.
We also work with traditional leaded construction, although most of this is renovation and repair, rather than new construction.
As well as our range of ‘standard’ or ‘pre-made’ stained glass, a large amount of our work nowadays is in ‘bespoke’ design - anything from a one-off suncatcher to a set of stained-glass panels / doors / windows. For some examples of our recent work - see here - for information about commissioned designs see here.
This website displays my range of hand-made stained-glass - (including suncatchers, tealights, lamps, door & window panels) and kiln-fused glass / dichroic jewellery, as well as the unique, hand-made greetings cards made by my wife Chris.
We hope that you enjoy browsing our gallery of designs.
A selection of our items are also available by mail-order.
About Fused glass
In addition to the stained glass, we also produce an ever-expanding range of kiln-fused glass items - including a great choice of pendants, brooches and earrings using a variety of inclusions, coloured and irridescent glass, and some stunning dichroic glass. We also have a selection of kiln-fused suncatchers - many of which incorporate the seven Chakra healing colours.
The glass is cut to size and shape before being heated to around 800 degrees centigrade in a computer-controlled kiln, in a process that takes seven hours. If dichroic glass is involved it will undergo an unpredictable colour-shift during the intense heat of the firing, at high temperatures the glass will move and distort - adding an exciting element of surprise to the project.
Our stock of dichroic jewellery is constantly changing (it sells faster than we can photograph it!) - so if you’re looking for something special it's better to visit us at a market, a fair or at the Studio.
Visit our new online shop
- free shipping throughout Ireland!
See (and buy!) our stained-glass, fused glass, jewellery
& greetings cards at selected local retailers
- including West Cork Crafts, Skibbereen, Co Cork.