Maureen Charles
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Jewellery - Fused Glass and Silver

I've been making glass and silver jewellery, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and brooches.  I use coloured and transparent glass, fuse it with Dichroic glass and fine silver, and use sterling silver mounts and fixings. 

I'm aiming to use colour and sparkle to lift, glisten, dazzle and effect mood enhancing change.  After all what is jewellery for?

Lustred dishes - tiny delicacies

I have been playing with the effects I can get from using Lustres on glass.  Tiny experiments, giving me joy and delight.  Hope you like them too....

Chandelier Style Earrings 2020

I was inspired to make these earrings after a glimpse of a shape, a curiosity to see whether I might be able to make something like that shape with fused glass. 

COS Windows 2020 4/5 July,

These are the glass pictures I hung in the my upstairs windows 1st weekend.  Please message me if you would like to see more details. 

COS Windows Weekend 11 / 12 July 2020

Here are images of platters showing in my upstairs windows.  This weekend between 12noon  and 3pm I will be showing my glass in Maureen Mace's front garden at 309 Milton Road, Cambridge.

COS Windows Weekend 18/19 July 2020

These four pictures include two images credit to Paul Klee, his "Sinbad" and "Man on a Tightrope" as well as my own creation "Red Horse Running" and with a nod to Franz Marc "Blue Horse".

COS Windows Weekend 25/26 July

My Events

Rural Magpie Jewellery Fair
2 Nov 2019 - 10:00 to 16:00
Jewellery Fair at Great Chesterford
Rural Magpie Jewellery Fair
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Ickworth Decorative Glass Fair
15 Sep 2019 - 10:30 to 17:00
A new Glass Fair for East Anglia at Ickworth House, Suffolk
Ickworth Decorative Glass Fair
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Jewellery Fair - Great Chesterford
10 Nov 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
The Fabulous Rural Magpie Jewellery Fair
Jewellery Fair - Great Chesterford
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Hadstock Easter Bazaar
24 Mar 2018 - 10:00 to 16:00
Hadstock Easter Bazaar
Hadstock Easter Bazaar
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Mill Road Winter Fair,
3 Dec 2016 - 10:30 to 16:00
Mill Road Winter Fair,
Mill Road Winter Fair,
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July Open Studios

glass, fused glass, painted glass
Fused glass, I'm making jewellery, pictures, vessels but often something else entirely. I'm exploring, learning, surprised & delighted with glass.
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I studied at Ravensbourne Art College, then 3D Design at Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montfort University) where I first blew glass. A lifetime of creativity later, I find I’m again working with glass.   As with all artists my best work is the result of a hard negotiation between my concept and the resistance of the material.  A bonus is that sparky moment of unanticipated fit between the countless parts I create.

Glass is an endlessly versatile medium that I take joy and delight in..  I buy sheets of flat glass, cut shapes, assemble and fire to fuse.  I work with fused glass and silver to make jewellery. I fuse glass and add detail with traditional stained glass painting techiques to make pictures.  I cut glass and wrap the edges with copper and solder to make window decorations.

For recent work see Instagram: maureen.charles.52

Etsy Shop :

COS Window Art 2020

Each weekend in July I will be showing my glass in the upstairs windows of my home, at 25 Green End Road.  Unfortunately the length of the front garden and the smallness of my work isn't quite working as part of this COS Windows2020 so I have taken photos and you can see close ups in my "PORTFOLIOS" section

Photographs of my glass on display each weekend will be in the COSWindows Portfolio for that weekend.

The first weekend I will be showing foiled wrapped and soldered glass. "COS Windows 2020 4/5 July".  I took the photos from inside the house, as these "Wndow Hanging" works are made to be viewed from the inside looking out.  The two small pictures -"Mice" and "Toughtful Lady" will be showing in Maureen Mace's front garden on 11/12 July (see below)

The second weekend I will show my 30cm / 12" fused glass dishes.  "COS Windows Weekend 11/12 July" shows the four large dishes being displayed the second weekend.

The third weekend I will show decorative hanging items including fish and fused glass pictures In My Portfolios see "COS Windows Weekend 18/19 July" for closeup images of the fused glass pictures in my windows.  All my hanging fish will be on show with me outside 309 Milton Road, betweeen noon and 3pm.

The fourth weekend I will be showing a selection of my favourite items.  Glass favourites images are in "COS Windows Weekend 25/26 July".  Glass will be shown only on Sunday this weekend as the weather is too windy and wet.

This July I would have been exhibiting "Open Studio" again with the talented artist Maureen Mace again at her home - round the corner from me at 309 Milton Road.  As Maureen says ....

"About 200 artists have got together all over Cambridgeshire to show their art in their windows. Not all windows are suitable and mine are quite a long way from the road and behind a high hedge. So I am considering having a table on my drive selling cards and some prints too - if it doesn't rain."

Maureen has invited me to join her and take a few glass treasures, so perhaps, weather permitting, we will be socially distancing outside - so do please come along between 12 noon and 3.00pm. 

Meanwhile I am continually adding items to my Etsy shop is MPJArtGlass ()

Events in 2020

In 2020 I will be at the Rural Magpie Jewellery Fairs on :

7/8 November 10.00am to 4.00pm at Great Chesterton Community Centre, Newmarket Road, Great Chesterford CB10 1NS

TBC April 2021 - 10.00am to 4.00pm at Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Great Dunmow, CM6 1DG

24 April  2021 - 10.00am to 4.00pm at Great Chesterton Community Centre, Newmarket Road, Great Chesterford CB10 1NS

Further dates to be added