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Stewart Hearn

Stewart Hearn Glassblower
Contact
English
Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Phone:
+44 (0)1354278084
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For the love of glass

  • • To Stewart, glassblowing is a lifestyle
  • • Colour combinations and simple forms are his trademark
  • • Stewart trains assistants in his workshop

Three days before graduating with his BA (Hons) in 3D Design in Glass and Ceramics from Sunderland Polytechnic in 1986, Stewart Hearn started working as an assistant at Lindean Mill Glass in Scotland and for other top British glassmakers. His biggest influence, Simon Moore, taught him not only about the craft but also about running a studio, furnace maintenance and selling. Today, he works in his back garden studio, creating pieces according to his own, personal approach. “Try it, learn from your mistakes, make it as good as or better than the last one. Swear if you must, laugh when you can, love it, enjoy it, never retire”.

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Works

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Photo: © Stewart Hearn
Small stone bowl – amber

Blown in clear glass, a bulbous clear vessel contains solid, milky and amber glass pieces. Cut and textured on a lathe when cold, the pieces are encapsulated in the bowl by inserting them through the base before sealing it with a glass disc. This piece is inspired by glass ‘stones’ found on beaches in Northern England. Factories dumped old crucibles at sea and over several hundred years, the glass was worn smooth and then washed up onto the shore like glass pebbles.

Height 11 cm
Diameter 16 cm

Stewart Hearn Glassblower
Photo: © Simon Camper
Ely chandelier

This work, a large tapered chandelier of 59 blue blown glass pieces, is named after Ely Cathedral. The pieces are hollow but sealed. An integral hole, made during the blowing process, allows easy assembly. A dimple mirroring the hole helps with symmetry, adds refraction and hides the hanging hooks on the steel frame. Like stained glass windows, you see lines, diamonds, layers of colour, reflections and patterns.

Height 74 cm
Diameter 48 cm

Stewart Hearn Glassblower
Photo: © Paul Chave
Saturn plate

This large blown plate uses a Venetian glassmaking technique, incalmo, which involves joining multiple separately blown bubbles when hot. Combining three bubbles, six colours are carefully chosen for their aesthetic qualities and malleability, stretching to subtly bleed into one another. With this piece Stewart Hearn creates a pure and simple form and incorporates colour as integral decoration, portraying his love of the craft and the material.

Diameter 49 cm

Stewart Hearn Glassblower
Photo: © Simon Camper
Soft pots (large and miniature)

These three pots by Stewart Hearn are visibly simple blown glass cylindrical forms with bold colour combinations ranging from orange to deep green. An additional colour is added asymmetrically to the body of each pot, helping to aid the visual effect of the pot leaning to one side. The ‘lean’ is carefully put in during the hot process so each piece has a seemingly effortless balance and harmony between colour and form. The 'lean' also embodies Stewart's rebellion against the tedium and precision of production ware.

Height 27 cm
Diameter 25 cm

Stewart Hearn Glassblower
Photo: © Simon Camper
Large Westmorland lamps

The colour combinations explored by Stewart Hearn in these free blown glass lamps in the shape of an elongated drop are derived from the colours, hues, patterns and textures found in the dramatic landscape of the southern Lake District, an area of outstanding beauty in England. Blues, greens and earthy tones combine with height, weight and the optical qualities of glass to enhance this statement piece.

Length 8 cm
Width 16 cm
Height 50 cm

Stewart Hearn Glassblower

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