The Mayor of Penarth, Cllr Rosemary Cook, has today officially opened Penarth’s newest retailing enterprise – the craft-design studio “Glass by Design” at Station Approach.
The new business combines an impressive new showroom selling a wide range of glass artefacts along with a separate workshop at the rear where customers will be able to learn the craft of glass-making from experts Angelina and Cathy.
The workshop is equipped with its own state-of-the-art electric kiln in which the studio’s unique fused-glass creations are made. Each glass-fusing operation can take 15 hours in the kiln and many of the works involve up to three separate fusings as successive layers of the design are melded onto the surface of the original glass sheet. Mass production this is not – every piece is individually hand-crafted.
“Glass by Design” has been set up by well-known local glass-craft artists Cathy O’Doherty and Angelina Hall in what was the former Scott Wroe hearing centre at 1 Station Approach (on the corner of Station Road and Station Approach).
For the past year Cathy and Angelina have been retailing through an outlet at Rowley’s the jewellers in Ludlow Lane – a venture which had established a growing customer-base for their work. As of today their new business Glass By Design at 1 Station Approach is up and running – and entirely their own.
The retail area stocks not only work by Angelina (who specialises in stained glass) and Cathy (who specialises in fused glass) but also sells 3D work created by a range of other top Welsh glass-makers.
Already there’s been considerable interest in the forthcoming tuition courses being offered by Glass by Design in the well equipped workshop on the premises .
The enterprise is an entirely unique venture for Penarth – adding as it does to the broad mix of flourishing independent retailers on the town.
As she had opened the new shop, the Mayor Cllr Rosemary Cook had told an enthusiastic crowd of customers and well wishers that “this beautiful light and airy new shop ‘Glass By Design’ is going to be an exciting addition to Penarth”, noting the public tuition workshops which would be held there and also that the shop would be stocking work by other top Welsh glass designers.
The mayor said that – on behalf of Penarth Town Council – she would like to wish Glass By Design every success and looked forward to returning to the shop very soon as a customer
Cllr Cook will be officially stepping down as Mayor of Penarth next Friday at the end of an exceptionally busy 12 months in office during which – apart from chairing council and committee meetings and attending numerous events representing the town – she has raised a record total of £9,047 for her two Mayoral charities.
The window-display of Glass By Design and the refreshments for customers and guests was on the theme of “Alice through the Looking Glass” and the Mad Hatter’s tea-party – to tie in with the new movie which is being released this month – and of course that basic raw material of both creations – glass.