PENARTH’S MAYOR DECLARES “GLASS BY DESIGN” OPEN AT STATION APPROACH

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Rosemary Cook cuts the red ribbon and cut and Penarth's newest retailer - Glass By Design is officially opened to the delight of business partners Angelina Hall and Cathy O'Doherty

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Rosemary Cook cuts the red ribbon and Penarth’s newest retailer – “Glass By Design” is officially opened  at Station Approach – to the delight of business partners Angelina Hall and Cathy O’Doherty

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.

Cathy O'Doherty (left) and Angelina Hall with their state-of-the-art electric kiln for fusing together the separate glass elements of each design

Cathy O’Doherty (left) and Angelina Hall with their state-of-the-art electric kiln for fusing together the separate glass elements of each design

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.

Cathy O'Doherty explains the intricacies of fusing together up successive elements of glass to create the final design

Cathy O’Doherty explains the intricacies of fusing together successive elements of glass to create the final designs

“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.

Some of examples of stained glass made by Angelina Hall at Glass by Design

Some of examples of stained glass made by Angelina Hall at Glass by Design

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 .

Customers flocked into the shop as it opened at took a keen interest in the designs on display

Customers flocked into the shop as it opened at took a keen interest in the designs on display

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 of Penarth Clllr Rosemary Cook (Labour St Augustines) with glass-making partners Angelina Hall ((left) and Cathy O'Doherty (right) at the official opening of Penarth's newest shop "Glass By Design"

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Rosemary Cook (Labour St Augustines) with glass-making partners Angelina Hall ((left) and Cathy O’Doherty (right) at the official opening of Penarth’s newest shop “Glass By Design”

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.

Enthusiastic customers and guests who've been waiting for the new shop to open were at last able to get inside

Enthusiastic customers and guests who’d been waiting for the new shop to open were at last able to get inside and see the wide range of  fascinating glasswork on display.

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.

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4 Responses to PENARTH’S MAYOR DECLARES “GLASS BY DESIGN” OPEN AT STATION APPROACH

  1. Mike Caplan says:

    Good Luck to you both! We will be in very soon.🙂
    Mike and Sandie

  2. Rich says:

    Good Luck From Celtic Carpet Cleaning Penarth

  3. Many thanks to you all. Its a very exciting time!

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