Jane Charles Glass Artist born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1961, studied foundation art in Leeds. She then went on to study for her BA (Hons) in Art and Design at North Staffordshire Polytechnic in 1980. Frustrated by the length of the ceramics process she was studying, she decided to specialise in glass. The heat and noise from the glass studio excited Jane. It would be here in the glass art studio of North Staffordshire Polytechnic that Jane’s love affair with molten glass began.

Jane continued her training in glass in Dudley, West Midlands. Her journey had taken her to the heart of the British glass making industry. At the Stourbridge glass studio, Jane would go on to learn all the skills she would need to go it alone as a professional glass artist. From 1984 to 1987, Jane worked in various studios around the country. These included Stuart Crystal and Edinburgh Glass Works. She worked for various studios until she found the courage to establish Jane Charles Studio Glass. The cold working studio for Jane Charles glass artist work was set up in Edinburgh with facilities in Newcastle. But it would not be long until she was working solely in Newcastle. Her entire business being transferred to the city in 1990.

Jane Charles Glass work grew from strength to strength, moving to a larger studio in 1996, and then again in February 2011. Her first glass gallery was opened in the centre of Newcastle in April 2011. Chapter House Glass Gallery is open to the public during the week and by appointment at weekends. Jane’s work is inspired by the bright colours and forms of the sea. From her Newcastle studio come perfume bottles, vases, bowls, sculptures, and paperweights. Her work is also on display in many shops across the UK.

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