I believe my glass products and workshops bring colour and happiness to the people involved.

I’m Elisa and welcome to the magic of Shake Your Glass!

I create glass jewellery, glass homeware gifts and glass wall art. The techniques of kiln forming glass I use include fusing, slumping, casting and kiln carving, I am also familiar with the hot glass technique of lampworking.

My unique jewellery range is distinctive, colourful and eye catching. I love to make my customers feel confident and individual. My quality homeware collections and art pieces will energize your style and bring a striking focus to your living spaces.

Design

I take my inspiration from wildlife especially birds along with my travel adventures. This is expressed in my glass design through imagery, colours and textures. I have been a member of the RSPB (Royal Society for The Protection of Birds) for as long as I can remember. My love of wildlife started at junior school with our caretaker who used to plan lunchtime wildlife trips. Seeing my first ever kingfisher had me mesmerised and I find it such a rewarding hobby to this day.

Living near Langstone Harbour is wonderful. The landscape at sunrise with the wading birds was the inspiration behind the Coastal Curlew Collection. This year I was fortunate enough to visit Botswana. The scenic view of the Okavango Delta is something else. We visited in wet season so we had the lush green vegetation and flowing tributaries of water which I have depicted in my Delta Collection.

Developing new skills and experimenting with the glass is an exciting part of my progress so you can expect ongoing new and original designs.

Artistic Glass Homeware
Kiln Fired Glass Art

Process

For most of my current designs I have used the process of kiln forming glass. Using cut clear glass sheet to work on as my base, I then use glass enamel powders to create my twist on the landscapes from my photos. The glass is then kiln fired to form a smooth flat surface. To form it into a shaped piece it will then be fired for a second time over a ceramic former.

My Story

In 2011, I saved up to buy my first kiln. It was a 15cm square and cost me £600. At the time glass was very much a hobby and I was enjoying exploring mostly jewellery making at the time. 2014 saw the launch of Shake Your Glass – I am part of a fusion bellydance group so the name not only reflects my sense of humour but my love of colour and sparkle.

At the time I was working from my garage and was very lucky as acquired equipment mostly 2nd hand to build up my workshop. As my business grew my hours in the garage got longer and in 2018 I decided it was time to find a dedicated workspace.

I joined The Maker’s Guild collaborative on a residency scheme in July 2018. I have my own dedicated work area but share the space with a variety of creative makers whose wealth of knowledge is invaluable and motivating. Let’s see what happens next…..

Would you like to join me?

Please take a look at our list of workshop and teaching sessions where you can learn to create glass of your own or purchase a voucher for your friends and family. Workshops make a unique and exciting present for your loved ones.

Services I offer

Commissions – From suspended glass art pieces to glass studs. Do get in contact with your idea…. elisa@shakeyourglass.com

Collaborations – I have worked with a variety of complimentary artisans to create wonderful pieces including jewellers, a blacksmith and an illustrator.

Stockist – I make small batches of glass jewellery and homeware items for Gift Shops and Gallery Shops. Wholesale costs available on request.

Tutor – I teach local workshops in the Portsmouth area teaching the basics of glass fusion. Topics include jewellery, coasters and suncatchers. Please see my Workshops page for current availability.

Open Access Club – twice a month I facilitate those who have had experience in glass and need a space to work on their own projects. These sessions are 3 hours and refreshments are provided.

Glass Making Process