Editions

Editions

A collection of luxuriously finished glass objects, hand blown with intense depth and vibrancy of colour, engraved with impeccable hand-engraved artistry.  Every Edition piece is one of a limited set.

Art glass specialist Lucy Batt, who is known for her larger unique art glass pieces, describes the ideas behind her Editions brand of smaller works:

“This collection of small, limited edition works is a three dimensional sketchbook, a creative arena for my work.  It is here that I refine ideas and concepts for my larger works.  Each piece is engraved, signed and numbered by me at my studio.

From the Edition pieces, ideas grow into unique art glass vessels.  From each unique vessel comes another dream that becomes the next page of my Editions story... the one branch of my work could not exist without the other.

My interest is focused on the application of detailed, precise patterns carved deeply into the glass.  I strive to test the limits that the glass and traditional techniques allow.  I set myself a challenge to achieve an impeccable finish, one that demands to be seen up close, touched, owned and celebrated.”

Vessels are hand blown to Lucy’s design by Charlie Macpherson of Notarianni Glass.

An Interview with Lucy

Why did you become a designer-maker? 
To design and make my own work has always been my ambition.  I set up my studio the moment I graduated from art college, it was a small shed with minimal equipment to begin with, but it was still a space to make.  I count my blessings that I have been able to continue as a maker.

What are your main influences?
I take influence from all around me, but my main influence is other craftsmen and particularly carving, no matter what the material.  Crafts magazine or the V&A museum are my choice if I want to be inspired.  I am interested in interiors too, and the way textures and colour are combined by designers, so I look at a lot of interior magazines.

What part of the process excites you the most?
The first stage of stencilling on an new piece.  This bit is a very clean, precise stage and full of anticipation of the finished piece.  This is also when you first see the way the reflections that you have planned go from sketch to reality.  Cleaning a piece, post engraving is also a great moment - to see it all come together for the first time and know the piece has made it through the last stage.

What is important to you when designing?
Every piece has its own story, sometimes its about the colour, other times it may be more conceptual -  but always there will be a emphasis put on the craftsmanship and attention to detail.

And when choosing materials?
I am very particular about the materials I use.  If you compromise on the materials then the rest is lost as a result.  

What do you think makes you different/ unique from other makers within your genre?

I hope that the way I use colour and form, combined with the style/subject of my engaging makes my work different.  I am always mindful of how strong the competition is and that is a great driving force to keep the ideas fresh.


What are the benefits of being a maker?
On the good days, it's my dream job.  The studio is filled with music and I can get lost in the detail of the work.

What are the disadvantages?
It can be stressful and rewarding in equal measures.  Glass making is unpredictable and that can be frustrating  - each piece takes so much time and there is no avoiding the fact that sometimes a piece will have an unwanted bubble or imperfection  - and  that means a remake.

Did you have an inspirational teacher?
Yes - I have been exceptionally lucky to have been taught by some incredible artists/teachers.  If I were to list them it would be a long list - I am still in touch with most of them thankfully.

Describe the commissioning process you employ. What aspect do you enjoy most and which do you fear the most?
A lot of my work is commission based and I enjoy the challenge of commission work.  I have nightmares about breakages in transit or during installation.

What do you enjoy doing apart from designing and making glass?
Time with my friends and family and ideally some good food or a good film.  

If you weren't a designer/ maker what would you have liked to be?
I would love to have the skills to be a musician.  I write poetry that I use in some of my work, those are like my own quiet little songs.

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