Welcome!This site showcases the glass art and jewellery I make in my studio in County Sligo, Ireland. I use either borosilicate (pyrex) or Murano glass, and the ‘flameworking’ technique, to create unique glass objects. From minimal designs, to intricate beads, I’m always exploring the incredible colors and qualities of glass. Please visit the shop and check out my glass beads and necklaces. Aloha and Go raibh maith agat! Graham Reid.
“Flight” Stainless Steel Mobile
What makes this mobile special, is that each of the stainless steel rods is delicately curved in three dimensions, rather than just a straight rod. Each curve relates to the one above and below, leading the whole piece to change constantly as it moves. The rods are most often viewed in silhouette, and the appearance of the lines drawn can be really deceptive and surprising: what you think is a bent rod suddenly becomes straight, or one curve morphs into a different one as the mobile moves.
Made from three shades of amber coloured Murano glass. They remind me of drops of golden honey, or sparkling beach pebbles.
All sea bead necklaces are fully adjustable, just slide the knots on each end. Each necklace is unique, hand made with love, and totally collectable!
Stars and Eclipsed Moon
Made entirely from 316 grade stainless steel, and bronze swivels. I used 0.9mm plate for this one to make it nice and light so it moves easily. I love how it catches the light and the stars and moon go from bright to dark as it moves!
I cut out each element from stainless steel plate, grind it into shape, then sand it with several grits of sandpaper, then weld it to a stainless steel rod, Then I balance each element in sequence, mark the fulcrum, weld on the loop, heat the end to a red heat and bend the hook. Once all the elements are made, I file the welds by hand, and then sand each piece again to a brushed metal finish. They are very well made, and I like to leave some evidence to the tool marks to show the fabrication process and the ‘realness’ of a handmade work of art.
90cm in diameter. Each star is 7cm across.
Saturn Rings Mobile
Water is the giver of life, so I start my search for sentience beyond, with Saturn, not Mars. The rings of saturn are swirling clouds of water ice. Tiny sparkling fragments, crystal balls, huge icebergs, that reflect the universe in empty silent space. And Saturn is surrounded by many watery moons, each one full of water ice.
Each borosilicate glass vessel contains melted water ice. This is a life-filled universe of watery saturn planets and their moons revolving around a centre, waiting for life to grow.
Made from Borosilicate glass, bronze rod and water.
Asteria, Titan Goddess
Asteria was the Titan goddess of nocturnal oracles and falling stars. When Poseidon attempted to seduce her, she transformed herself into the floating island of Delos.
I imagine this necklace as Poseidon’s gift to Ateria. Made from Kryptonite Murano Glass and strung on stainless steel wire with a sterling silver clasp, it’s a powerful charm worthy of wooing the most beautiful of Titans. Unfortunately Poseidon didn’t succeed, but for lesser mortals the necklace’s seductive nature should not be underestimated!
This beautiful necklace contains 69 beads. Some of the beads have discs made by adding molten glass and pressing it into a circle with a special tool. Overall length is 42cm or 16.5 inches.