October Guest Artist – Alison Chesman Glass Artist

“Garden Gallery Designs are a collective of glass art and cards, made locally in my garden studio. Various skills combine to produce these original hand-crafted glass decorations, designed in a variety of appealing styles and subjects. I supply galleries and make small scale commissions. 

Since childhood, I have been passionate about drawing and making decorative objects, whilst growing up in the Sussex countryside gave me a deep appreciation of my natural surroundings. 

This interest brought me an early introduction exhibiting illustrations alongside established wildlife artists at Woods Mill Nature Reserve. Consequently, I was commissioned by Bishopsgate Press to design several series of ‘flora and fauna’ greetings cards, sold nationally. Other work included illustrating books, drawing an interesting mix of house commissions, and painting enamel jewellery for boutiques including Liberty. I also produced a range of cards and decorative items under my own label ‘Dragonfly Designs’, which were popular.

After marrying a local farmer, and raising a family, I was ready to steer a new course in collage and textiles, opening opportunities to exhibit in the Open Houses of The Brighton Festival. 

Later, I returned to illustrating, with a burning desire to explore stained glass. Following separate courses in leaded and copper foil glass, I realised that this medium held exiting potential for displaying a range of my talents. 

Through patient practice, I mastered drawing in very fine detail onto a specialised dried glass-paint surface. Once the glass is fired, hand fashioned copper embellishments are incorporated with solder, giving a supportive yet decorative framework. Finally, a chemical pattina and polish enhance the finish. Ten to twelve hours of intricate work are needed to complete each unique panel. 

I hope that these delightful little keepsakes give as much pleasure to others, as I get from making them… enjoy! ” – Alison Chesman

Shoreham Art Gallery is a collective of over 20 local artists, all involved in the running of this unique gem. We take turns to man the gallery so there’s opportunity to come in and enjoy a chat with the creator of your favourite works of art. We are also happy to help you find that perfect gift or for you to browse the wide selection of work inside the gallery or around our beautiful sculpture garden at you own pace.

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 10am – 5.30pm
Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
Sunday 11am – 4.00pm

27 Brunswick Road,
Shoreham-by-sea,
West Sussex
BN43 5WA

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