CORNISH FUSED GLASS BY KIRSTYN SMITH
Kirstyn was born in 1983 in Cornwall a county that is surrounded by rugged coastlines and picturesque fishing villages. Her love of the golden sands, rugged rocks and fishing boats have been an inspiration for much of her original artworks and more latterly her newly found love of glass fusing and mosaicing. She is also very inspired by the Gothic periods and the Steam-punk scene.
As a child, Kirstyn recalls being told original bedtimes stories by her mother about the ‘fairies at the bottom of the garden’ and her love of fairies is a continual source of inspiration for her unique designs. From as long as she can remember, Kirstyn has always loved art, at school her art work was commended for her attention to detail and originality, as a young child she won the Bodmin in Bloom painting competition. Kirstyn’s inspiration came from within and was nurtured when she spent time on family holidays in France and Scotland, painting alongside her mother Jayne.
Kirstyn has three young daughters and the experience of parenthood has provided her with her own opportunity to make the most of make believe and childhood dreams, this has brought a new dimension to her work and ignited a love for creating free-hand murals. Designs have included trains, cartoon characters, rockets, super-heroes, palm beaches and abstract floral. Her own girls also have a wonderful bedroom inspired by childhood stories of fairies at the bottom of the garden.
Whilst being a full time mum, Kirstyn took the opportunity to study Interior Design with the National Design Academy. Throughout the course she developed her interest further falling in love with various period’s of elaborate styling particulary the Baroque, Rococo, and Victorian. However along with her love for vintage interior design, soft funishings and furniture she also loves the modern styles and was particualy inspired by the pop art movement and the Art Deco/Art Neauvou periods. It is her love for these periods and styling that are reflected in her love for restoring furniture today and adding a shabby chic feel to her run down finds of old furniture.
Kirstyn now works from her studio at home and supplies to local attractions like Pencarrow House, Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwalls Regimental Museum, Carnglaze Caverns & Bodmin Jail. Her work can also be brought from many outlet's such as Toe in the water Gallery in Fowey, "Things British" in London, Lilac & Lime in St Ives, The Shop On The Corner in Plymouth, Alisons in Wadebridge, Falmouth Art Gallery, "Joy" in Perranporth, The Old Tea Chest in Bodmin, Cornish Craft Collective in Par Market, The Crafty Seagull in Newquay, Cornish Bird in the Sticks in Redruth,and Make industries in Penzance. You can also purchace her wares or order a bespoke commission directly from her at her home or through her online Etsy shop, instagram,twitter and Face-book page, where you will find many great offers on her one off glass fused projects.
Kirstyn was selected by "House and Gardens Magazine" in 2018 to show her glassware in the Lifes little Luxuries campaign over the May/June/July issues.
All items on website are examples of Kirstyns designs,creations and commissions.
Kirstyn has many items kept in stock ready to post out if you are looking for something for a last minute gift then look no further...
Send over a email and kirstyn will send you photographs of available products or go directly to her etsy shop where you will find lots of beautiful glass gifts for the house and garden.