TOP GLASS was founded in 1999 by Stuart Fletcher.
After graduating from the Surrey Institute Stuart went on to study at the International Glass Centre at Brierley Hill. He then went to hone his glass-blowing skills with Bristol Blue Glass, Sark Glass and the Glassblowers Workshop amongst others. site
Based in Worcestershire countryside, the Top Glass studio is not merely a home the glass beauties of produce but visitors see the glass blowing in action. Because glass is blown daily, visitors are treated to warm welcome as well as demonstration in glass blowing techniques. Private demonstrations can also be arranged.
The methods employed by the team at Top Glass are traditional, retaining every original aspect used by first glass makers hundreds of years ago with ‘small furnace’ technology.
Top Glass use 30% lead crystal when creating their glass pieces; this gives a stunning clarity and a captivating radiance to the finished article.
There is a wide range of products available to buy in the studio – from tactile little treasures to adorn your dressing table, to remarkable vases and bowls to show off on your mantelpiece.
We also welcome commissions, so if you’re looking for that something special for a loved one or a stunning centrepiece for your home, just let us know.
Peter Smith left school at 16 and worked for 7 years as an apprentice in scientific glassblowing with Imperial collage of science and technology in London.
After extensive study, Peter completed his training at the International Glass Centre at Brierley Hill.
Now armed with his vast knowledge and skills, continued to work for 3 years at factory apprenticeship school in Bavaria…followed by a short term in Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Seattle and Japan.
Peter can now found in Hanbury, Worcestershire…..where he designs and produces stunning works of art, for TOP GLASS.
Kayleigh Young is an independent glass artist based in the West Midlands. She works both from TopGlass and her own studio based in Market Bosworth.
Kayleigh has been working with glass professionally for about 8 years now.
She began her education at Sunderland University taking a Bachelor’s in Glass, Architectural Glass & Ceramics… then followed up with a Master’s in Art & Design from Wolverhampton University.
She specialises in solid sculpting and iridised surface design. Despite have worked with fascinating material for a number of years she feels she is still finding her own style of working and her own niche.
Stuart has employed Kayleigh for over four years, in that time her skills and colour knowledge have grown immesurably. She has made valuable design contributions to the studio glass and shop.
She spends much of her time reminding Stuart of things he is supposed to ordering.
Kate Jervis, is newest member of the team.
Following a taster session at Top Glass… Kate enjoyed the creative atmosphere and the production of glass making so much… she continued to undertake further lessons at the studio.
During her last session, she asked if she could help support the staff on a more permanent basis.
Now… Kate has taken up a full time position as an assistant in the studio… where she will be able to continue developing her newly aquired glassblowing skills.