Beautiful hand crafted exquisite works of art, sculpted in a flame with a technique called lamp working. Rowan's work explores intricate flowers and human form, as well as her lovely glass birds. Rowan's considered one of the best British lamp work glass artists and her technical details in her flowers have brought her recognition within the glass community and with collectors. Lamp working glass has roots that date back to at least 500BC. Phoenician glass makers made small human heads, diminutive vases and perfume containers. Lamp working came into its own with chemists in the 15th century with the need for detailed and exact apparatus. Galileo was dependent on this technique for his experiments and looking glasses.
Currently there has been a new wave of interest in looking at old techniques to craft new expressions of work. Rowan's work although not the only exploration of botanical themes, her work is reminiscent of the Blaschkas, she is able to take advantage of developments in glass formulations, as well as new torches. The newer torches have a larger flame which provides a larger flame. this has lead to a new term of "Flame working" the glass. This term is used by sculptural glass artist. The term lamp working has more use with smaller works and beads. Rowan also has a line of Jewellery that was known as "Rowan Berries" this website is now turned off. if you are interested in Jewellery please contact Rowan directly. To see examples of her Jewellery click this link.