Beatriz Castro is based in Devon and makes functional and decorative glassware.
Her kiln-formed glass is made by fusing and slumping glass at high temperatures. She uses different metals such as copper, aluminium, silver and gold leaf and powdered oxides between layers of clear glass.
About Beatriz Castro
I graduated in 1988 from West Surrey College of Art and Design (Farnham, Surrey) with a BA (Hons) degree in Three Dimensional Design in glass. I was able to set up my own studio in 1996. Since then, I have exhibited both in the UK and abroad. My work is made by the glass making process described as kiln-formed, using the techniques of fusing and slumping. Different metals such as copper, aluminium, silver and gold leaf are cut and placed between layers of clear glass and then fused at high temperature.
Since establishing my studio in Devon, I have been engaged in developing new work. I have drawn inspiration from the harmony found in the patterns of natural forms and from water. My interest in symbolism and ritual has led me to explore the arts and civilizations of Africa, Asia and the Americas and many of the pieces are based on the idea of the shield as a symbol of shelter, protection and of feminine strength.
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