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Glass Splashback finally installed!

Shard in Greens handmade fused glass, bespoke splashback

We reckon this glass splashback has taken the award for the longest time spent under a bed waiting for the kitchen to be completed! We made it in 2013, and this summer we received a lovely picture from our client with it finally in it’s place!

Looks lovely though, doesn’t it? I think our customer thinks it was worth waiting for.. 🙂

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What a reaction!

Handmade bespoke glass splashback in turquoise, cream and silver

We are used to lovely reactions to our glass splashbacks when we install, but this week might have won the prize… a big fat smacker of a kiss!

Interestingly though, it wasn’t the only “reaction”, as that’s also what the splashbacks are.. the effects are all due to different glasses reacting both with each other and  the pure silver foil used (in the centre of the “wave” as well as a few “wisps”). Although you can pick up dark greens, browns and yellows, none of the colours were in fact used, but they have been created by the different minerals and metals in the different elements reacting with each other. This effect is both expected, and unpredictable at the same time, making it a choice for the brave or adventurous customer !

This design has been one of Liz’s favourites for a while, but it’s only this week that she has had a chance to create one for a customer.. so this week has been a good week!

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New Workshop for Glassification

Millhouse - Glassification's workshop in Ilminster

Following our amazingly successful Crowdfunder Campaign where we raised 60% MORE than our target, we are now to be found in our awesome new workshops on the Rose Mills Industrial Estate, Hort Bridge Ilminster.

This is great news for us as it now means we are able to offer a full range of courses and workshops, as well as having a separate area well away from the dust of the workshop to display splashback samples and a range of art glass Liz designs and makes in between splashback commissions.

We are also able to hire out our kiln, cold working equipment  and workbench space to other glass artists subject to availability.

It will be a few more weeks before we are fully up and running and open generally to the public, but in the meantime, please feel free to contact us to make an appointment to view.

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Glassification’s Crowdfunder Goes Live!

At 6pm on Tuesday 10th March, our crowd funding campaign went live.

What’s crowd funding? Well, in short it’s a way for social enterprises and businesses to raise funds, by offering rewards in return for pledges. Put very simplistically, it’s form of pre-selling.

Many micro businesses struggle to expand, being caught in a Catch 22 situation. You need to expand to increase turn over, and until you increase the turn over you can’t expand! With banks being careful, young micro businesses are having a tough time at the moment!

But, by turning to the crowd, there is a way out, and although it’s not for the faint hearted, it certainly offer a way through the problem!

Making large panels, and often having to make 3 at once requires space! As do flat bed kilns! And space has been very much at a premium for the last 2 years..  the Glassification workshop has often felt like one of those games, you know the tile game where you are trying to make up a picture, with one square missing, and you have to move one out of the way before you move another into it? Yeah. That. 🙂

And whilst we haven’t yet had a visit form Health and Safety, it was only a matter of time,…. working with glass and nasty chemicals in a confined space is not conducive to avoiding accidents! But finally, after months of looking, we have found the perfect space.

We’re staying in Ilminster, which is great because it’s such a lovely little town, so the move is less than 2 miles, but moving a workshop doesn’t come cheap! Nor does kitting it out so we also offer glass making workshops! So, with other funding options unavailable to us, we have gone to the crowd and asked for support from friends, family, other glass makers, and absolutely anyone who loves glass as much as we do.. (and that has to be EVERYONE right? 🙂 !)

And the response has been overwhelming! We are totally humbled by the amount of good will that is out there! Liz almost had a little toot at lunch time today, when some one told her she was an “inspirational woman” after watching the Crowdfunder video!

But also it could be because we are offering some truly juicy rewards in return for pledge…. (yeah, that just burst HER bubble!! 🙂

So, if you want to get involved too, and be rewarded by anything form an invite to the Opening Event, short glass making courses or a whole weekend, or discounted vouchers to redeem against any glass, splashbacks, art glass, courses, or workshop hire at any time in the future, then head on over to the Campaign Page and click on a link!



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Unique splashbacks – unique kitchens!

Field of Flowers handmade glass splashback at Blakelands Country House

Our splashbacks adorn some lovely (and quirky!) kitchens.. today’s install was in a beautiful 17th century house near Stourbridge (which is apt, given Stourbridge’s connection with glass through it’s history!). Blakelands is used as a wedding venue.. so if you’re getting married, I can highly recommend it (and pop into the kitchen while you’re there!)

Blakelands Country House boats a beautiful garden, and the owner wanted to bring the naturalistic feel and some of her favourite plants into the kitchen.. so in came red and pink opium poppies, lavender, cow parsley, foxgloves, daisies, and cornflowers… but most importantly, forget-me-nots… in memory of her beloved sister.

I hope we did her proud.

Field of Flowers handmade glass splashback at Blakelands Country House
Field of Flowers handmade glass splashback at Blakelands Country House


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We’ve won an award!

Bespoke, hand made Tree of Life glass splashback in turquoise and orange, in a white kitchen
Remodeling and Home Design

Doing more than a little happy dance here at Glassification HQ, having just been told we have been awarded a “Best in Houzz” for Customer Service!

Glassification was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the  Houzz, community from among more than 15,000 active home building, renovation and design industry professionals, so it really is a big gig! And it’s particularly pleasing to be recognised for something we hold very dear, customer service is our No 1 priority!  So, it seems we’re getting that right doesn’t it?


Houzz, is a leading platform for home renovation and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of home owners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Tokyo and Sydney.

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Getting ready for our two new Sales Agents!

fused glass splashback samples in kiln

Things are afoot in the Glassification workshop as we get ready to welcome two new members of the team.. (but more about them later!) The first thing we needed to do was make it easy for them out on the road, with a set of sample boards to show potential customers (independent kitchen and bath retailers in the first instance!).

Well, one thing lead to another, and we decided to rationalise our stock designs, creating ranges in different colour ways. So here’s a sneak preview as the samples went into the kiln of Urban Stripe, in Yellow / Grey, Orange / Grey and Orange / Ivory (to add to the Red / Grey we currently have.

Then Shards in Blue and Green, and in the corner one of the samples in Plum & Blue of the Field of Flowers Range (which will be our largest range)

Tomorrow I’ll be working on the Tree of Life series, and 3 new colours in the Spring Zest series, (which will probably have to find a new name!)


Exciting times!!


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Glassification’s Christmas Glass Shop

Freestanding handmade glass with Nativity scene

While you’re waiting for your new kitchen or bathroom to become a reality, how about a bit of glass for Christmas to give you a taste of what we can do down here in Santa’s Workshop (Ilton Branch! 🙂


Glassification’s Christmas Shop


Better get a wriggle on though… last posting day is 19th December.