Traditional Glass Artist
Charlotte Hughes-Martin is a Glass Artist working out of the Red House Glass Cone, an historic works in the glass quarter of Stourbridge, where glass has been made for the past 400 years.
After graduating Charlotte got a job at the National Glass Centre where she received her apprenticeship before travelling to America to do her Masters in Fine Art (with a focus on glass naturally!). When she was planning to return to the UK, she chose the Black Country as it is regarded as the best place for glass in the UK.
Blow me down...
Every piece of glassware on the Titanic was made in the same room where Charlotte blows glass!
I have a lot of history to live up to and like all glass makers I still use using traditional techniques handed down for generations. The challenge is doing something new and original with them!
Charlotte has pieces in the Permanent Collections of Ebeltoft Glass Museum in Denmark, The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and Broadfield House Glass Museum in Stourbridge. She is currently working on commissions and preparing for an exhibition she is displaying having with fellow Glass Artists from Canada and America.
The Black Country is brilliant for glass and for me. Not only are there amazing facilities but when I tell people I’m a glass maker they often have a proud story about a relative that used to work in the industry, or visiting the glass works. People here have a real pride and affection for Glass, which makes me feel proud to call the Black Country my home.
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