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Will Shakspeare, of Shakspeare Glass, is one of the UK's best-known glass blowers. He set up Shakspeare Glass over 25 years ago and has achieved great success with his uniquely creative glass art, known for his wide range of work and his individual contemporary style.
Based at his studio in Langport, Somerset, Will works with a small and talented team of glass assistants. He is a keen member of the community and has had lots of great help with the business from some lovely locals.
Shakspeare Glass has featured regularly in the media, including Kirstie's Homemade Home, Channel 4, Kirstie's Homemade Christmas, Channel 4, Original Features, UKTV and Inside the Factory, BBC 2.
I make a wide range of different designs which are constantly evolving. I deliberately design glass with a random factor, something that is out of my control. I use colour so that it affects the final shape of the piece in a natural, fluid way. It means that I work with the glass rather than imposing my 'will' on it!
Will draws great inspiration from water and says:
There is something magical about it. I love rock pools... I believe that glass is the perfect medium to capture the qualities I love about the sea and water in a way no other can. Through each piece my inspiration from the world around me is evident, my surroundings and experiences are inextricably linked to my work. However, the making process, the history, the ideas are only a part. Just as important is what each piece says to you as you hold and look at it. Above all, I want my work to speak for itself.