Kathryn Abrahams – Glass Artist
Lazy Daisy Glass is run by Kathryn Abrahams from her rural studio in Moray. Inspirations for her designs are taken from the ocean that surrounds us all. Being a Cornish lass, and a childhood spent by the sea has inspired Kathryn to create many sea-themed products and wave forms. “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from whence we came." John F. Kennedy.
Kathryn had had a career in administration until deciding to become a full time mother when her daughter was born in 2007. She gave up her office job, and decided to pursue a creative career working from home. This gave her the opportunity of looking after her daughter with the flexibility of working in her studio.
Kathryn invested her maternity money in her first small kiln in 2007, bought some books and started experimenting in various techniques of glass art. She had previously worked with stained glass as a hobby in 2003, making hangers and commission windows, but always had a passion for fused glass.
Attending local events was not enough to run a small business, deciding to try her first Trade Show – Aviemore Trade Show in 2009. Business has steadily grown since this trade show and now supplies to over 70 stockists. In fact, business had grown so quickly that, in late 2009, she had to invest further money in to buying a second, and larger flat bed kiln. The size of the new kiln has brought many more opportunities for creating sculptures and large scale wall art. She now takes part in exhibitions and continues to attend local craft fairs and outdoor events. Her work can now be seen in shops and galleries throughout Scotland, England and the Middle East. Kathryn is also a committee member of a local group; Speyside Artisans who run interactive exhibitions in and around Moray.
Glass Fusing - Background
Glass fusing is a process of using a kiln to join together pieces of glass. If you apply heat to glass it will soften. If you continue to apply heat, the glass will become more fluid and flow together. Two or more pieces of glass will stick (or fuse) to each other. When the right kind of glass is heated and then cooled properly, the resulting fused glass piece will be solid and unbroken. Many people also use the word 'fusing' to include bending and shaping glass using the heat of a kiln. This manipulation can take many forms, but the most common is 'slumping', where a mould is used to create already fused glass to take on the shape of a bowl, plate or similar object. Many of Kathryn’s glass art takes at least 20 hours to fire, but if a piece of art has been slumped (curved), the piece requires two firings, which is approximately 35 hours.