Glass Projects

 
caroline rees meets the queen

 I have been sandblasting glass since 1998. Initially I started with vessels which I covered with self adhesive film and painstakingly cut out patterns by hand. I then took the vessels to a factory unit (often breaking some on the way!) where I hired a sandblasting unit in order to frost the patterns on the glass. I usually came back with less than I went with and I got to a point where I couldn't make enough of them to keep up with the demand. I was also beginning at this time to undertake more and more architectural glass commissions - it's so much better to cut stencils on a flat rather than a 3d surface - and I preferred the scale.

In addition to some huge and exciting commissions in public spaces, such as the 30m2 screen for the Medical Centre in Windsor and The Crown Hotel, Woodbridge, I undertook numerous smaller domestic commissions for doors, windows, splashbacks and screens. The smaller glass panels were usually made in Swansea and shipped to clients all over the country. Shipping glass is nerve wracking and despite having an excellent specialist courier, a few pieces were lost due to careless handling. When that happens, nothing can be salvaged and the whole job has to be repeated and re shipped!

I love the effect of sandblasted glass with light pouring through it - the 3d of the carving and the shadows created by the clear shapes. I also love the design work that goes into it and the collaboration with the client but I really dislike handling glass. (I can't believe it's taken me so long to realise that!)

The scale of some of my projects and manufacturing issues has compelled me to learn how to create digital stencils for sandblasting. This has resulted in me spending a considerable amount of time on the computer plotting the stencils from my drawings. I missed the satisfying feeling of cutting a stencil with a really scarp scalpel which is why I am now concentrating on paper cutting as it enables me to work in my studio, on my own and be in complete control of the whole process and the end product. 

I am no longer undertaking smaller domestic glass commissions, but I do welcome enquiries for large scale public art. 

As an alternative to sandblasted glass for your door or window or splash back, I can design and supply bespoke self adhesive frosted film. It gives the same effect as the sandblasting (without the carving) for a fraction of the cost. Delivery is not an issue and if you are concerned about applying the film yourself then a local sign writer can usually be employed to do the job at a reasonable rate.

Please contact me if you need further information at caroline@carolinerees.co.uk or tel 07887767556 / 01792 368248

What's been said about my glass:

The glass doors look FANTASTIC and are hugely admired. David

The glass arrived promptly on Thursday. I'm really pleased with it! It looks even better than the designs.  Thank you for your patience and hard work. It must take a lot of time to make these patterns. Marion

 Hi Caroline, you did an amazing window for me at 48 RR a few years ago. I have mentioned you in an article about the forthcoming London Design Festival as "the best thing I ever found at 100% Design". SR Interior Designer

We were down last weekend for a few days and had a few fabulous days with beautiful weather. It was the first time I had seen the glass in place and am really thrilled with the results. I think you have just the right balance of organic and contemporary for my taste. When the light shines through from outside the design throws shadows on the wall which is lovely.  Rosie

Click below to browse the look book of some glass projects I've undertaken