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About Hilary

Hello, I'm a fused glass artist based in Dulwich, South London.  My hope is to create beautiful items for every day use and appreciation, which explore the colour and versatility of glass.  In addition to one-offs and design collections, I also make bespoke works from artistic installations to practical pieces to complement your own decor.

I recently discovered how totally fascinating it is to play around with the wonderful colours, textures and endless design possibilities working in glass.  This site is designed to show my work (and of course sell it, please feel free to purchase!) but also to share what's involved in making many of the pieces and how they evolve.    Only time will tell whether this 'warts 'n' all' approach to the art will be a good thing or by taking some of the mystique out of the process prove a total disaster!

I've had forays into a number of artistic mediums over the years, (as you can see below, with little success!) from wire sculpture to bronze to ceramics, casting and stone work.  It was always fun, but didn't really do it for me.   But after Day One working with glass I was totally hooked.  

 

 
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A bronze pig which is my favourite!

 The head of a man.  I think I was in my Tom Selleck phase!

The head of a man.  I think I was in my Tom Selleck phase!

 A rather gruesome cast of hubby & I's hands, supposed to be made into resin!

A rather gruesome cast of hubby & I's hands, supposed to be made into resin!

 This was the start of a course in stone sculpture, which was way too difficult!

This was the start of a course in stone sculpture, which was way too difficult!

My studio is my kitchen, the kiln is in the garage and I store all the glass in the spare room!  But I wouldn't have it any other way.  I can work at my glass, be with my son when he comes home from school, (OK, in reality, listen to the Simpsons at the same time, which is what it amounts to), talk to my husband, stir the dinner and answer the door to collect all my neighbours' Amazon parcels.  The only worry is ensuring that shards of glass don't go into the cat's food bowls or find their way into our dinner (it's a big kitchen honest, Mr Health and Safety Inspector!).

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My 'studio'!

 

 The glass storage area, which has been known to be tidier.

The glass storage area, which has been known to be tidier.

 The trusty Kilncare Pro-Fused Deep Kiln 

The trusty Kilncare Pro-Fused Deep Kiln 

The absolute most fun about fusing glass is putting some mangled looking bits of cut glass into the kiln and opening it 24 hours later to find a beautiful piece of art that you can't quite believe you've made.  Or perhaps a right dog's breakfast which goes in the 'learning journey' box, which is basically a pile of awful ideas which I am keeping to remind me what not to do.  But more often than not it sparks a much better idea to start working on.

Please don't hesitate to ask questions or give me feedback by emailing me on hilary.woof@gmail.com, I would love to hear from you.

PS:  People often ask about the surname Woof, it really is pronounced like woof woof, a dog barking!  It's Irish supposedly.  When I met him, I actually thought my husband was called Wolff, I was very shallow then (!) and would probably never have gone out with him if I had known!   But by the time I found out it was too late!