A Brief History

Julia broke her knee cap during the foundation year of her degree, diverting her from a glittering career in ceramics (due to all the potters’ wheels being kick powered not electric) and into glass by the timely and fortuitous discovery of a book on kiln forming glass. After destroying all the kilns at her foundation college by melting glass into the heating coils, Julia was accepted onto the Glass and Ceramics degree course at Sunderland Polytechnic. When she had completed her degree they mended all the kilns, changed the poly into a university, moved into the fabulous National Glass Centre and Sunderland became a city. Julia does not claim to be the cause of, or take credit for any of these things happening….apart from getting the degree.

All that was last century anyway.

Julia moved to her gallery workshop at the Hirsel Country Estate last century too and has been happily blasting away in the beautiful Scottish Borders ever since.

Her glass is better travelled than Julia having been in exhibition in Europe, Japan and North America and she now has collectors across the globe.

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The Glass Gallery

A changing collection of Julia’s glass is always available for immediate sale from the glass gallery within the glass workshop.

In addition to Julia’s sandblasted bowls we stock a wide range of handmade crystal perfume bottles, vases, paper weights, wine glasses, jewellery, clocks and leaded panels made by some of the best glass makers in the country.

We regularly stock the beautiful hand blown work of Jane Charles and Sanders & Wallace.

Set in the Homestead Craft Centre within the beautiful Hirsel Country Estate and with a play area, woodland walks and a tearoom a visit to the Glass Gallery could be part of an entire day or a welcome stop on a journey through the Scottish Borders.

The Craft Centre is home to several other craft makers including a potter and fine art gallery and more information can be found at the Hirsel Homestead’s own web site

Customers are welcome to visit in person or contact Julia to find out what is currently in stock.

If you are intending to make a special journey to see the Glass Gallery we always advice you to contact us in advance; as the gallery and workshop is sometimes closed while we attend craft fairs and exhibitions when we take the display units with us.