Todays meet the maker is one of our amazing team leaders Andrea of Dragon Art Glass.
Can you tell us a little about what you do?
I’m a glass addict, um I mean artist, and make lots of different things from glass sheets, powders and rods.
Seriously though I make stained, fused and lampwork glass panels, gifts, suncatchers – the list seems to be ever increasing.
Recently I’ve had a few commissions to do – like the repair of a stained glass Chapel door panel, wedding gifts, and a secret hush hush Christmas gift for a special couple – these are great, as it gives me something totally different to do on a regular basis.
How did you get started?
It started many years ago as a hobby, and then, when I was made redundant in 2013 I decided that I would try and make a go of making a living from my hobby.
Three years later, I’m still trying! I’m getting there gradually, but I love what I do.
I am currently in the process of workshop refurbishment, which is intended to allow me to have a space to run workshops (and even the possibility of renting out affordable space to others to run workshops). I have big plans!
Where are you from?
I’ve always lived in the small mining village of Senghenydd – the sight of the largest mining disaster. I stay here because I love the way the scenery in the valley has changed over the years, and also because it’s still close to my parents.
What’s your favourite part of what you do?
I’m free to to what I want (any old time!) ;); And when my husband comes home from work and says he wants to go away I can, (within reason) stop what I’m doing and just go!
What’s your favourite item to make?
I think it must be stars at the moment – it’s just that I can make every one different to the next. I love the variety.
What inspires you?
The beautiful world around me, and glass of course!
What was your proudest moment?
The graduation ceremonies of my children
If you could pass any law what would it be?
I think it should be compulsory that EVERYONE had to pick up their rubbish and recycle.
If you won a million pounds what would you do?
Share it with my family of course.