About The Studio|
SCOTTISH BORDERS ART GLASS is situated in the rolling
hills of southern Scotland, on the outskirts of the border town of Hawick. It is
here you find the ancient skills of glassmaking being practiced by Peter and
Andrew Holmes, father and son.
Peter has been making glass by hand for forty six years. He served his
apprenticeship under the legendary Paul Ysart who was largely responsible for
the production of Monart glass produced in Perthshire from 1928-1960. Paul
is also famous for making beautiful paperweights depicting flowers,
butterflies,dragonflies, salamanders, and millifiori canes. Peter who makes art
glass as well as paperweghts still uses some of the techniques handed down from
the old master, and after years of experimenting with different materials that
lend themselves to hot glassmaking is able to create new techniques and concepts
that are used in glass designs today. Peter, the grandfather of the modern
abstract paperweight uses themes from outer space, under the sea, nature, and
mythology, as well as making paperweights in traditional styles.
Andrew has grown up with glass, he made his first
paperweight when he was twelve. After schooling he attended a course in art and
design at Hawick and Edinburgh, before settling down to an apprenticeship with
his father. He has now completed his apprenticeship and has several designs to
his credit and is currently using his own signature cane AH for Andrew
Holmes which is used to sign his work just as history has seen, PH in the
work of Peter Holmes , and PY in the work of Paul Ysart. Andrew who is the next
generation of art glass makers will carry on the age old traditions passed on to
him, and introduce his own ideas and techniques for all to see in the future.
It is the intention of Peter and Andrew to produce only
the finest quality of work that they can, so when you purchase a piece of their
art glass you are buying something quite unique, because no two pieces can
be made exactly the same as the one before. This will make them that little
bit more special. You will also have in your possession a little bit history, an
heirloom for the future.