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About

Welcome to Mauralen - a collection of wonderful quality handmade Scottish glass art. My name is Kate, and I'm the mastermind behind Mauralen. Born in the 'Fair City' of Perth, gateway to the Highlands of Scotland, I now live with my husband and two children to the north west of Glasgow, a short drive from Loch Lomond and its bonny banks. 

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Background

I decided to leave behind a career in science to follow my true passion of art and craft. I have always been creative, initially with polymer clay as I grew up, then silversmith jewellery and now I've found my real passion in making fused glass delights! 

The items I create use the techniques and processes of fused glass, lampworking and polymer clay, creating beautiful pieces to accent yourself or your home, use functionally as dishes or to give as gifts! I get a great deal of satisfaction from working with my hands and always welcome commissions. I love variety so please do ask if there's something you would love me to make which you can't see on my website.

The name Mauralen comes from an amalgamation of my children's middle names and reflects the handmade Scottish nature of the work I lovingly create.

 
 

The Process

Fused glass is a process by which a design is created using cold glass, cut, sprinkled or painted and the melted together in a kiln at approx. 800 degrees centigrade. I can then set these pieces in frames, wooden stands or hang them. Larger pieces and glass bottles can be further melted in moulds to shape them as freestanding sculptures or dishes.

Lampwork bead making is melting glass in a flame onto metal rods to make and decorate beads and small decorative pieces. ideal for jewellery in which I combine with solid sterling silver for a quality finish. The choice of colours and looks are limitless in this medium so if you're looking for something which you just cant find in the shops chances are I can help!

Polymer clay is a very modern artistic medium, formerly aimed at children much like plasticine but which can be baked in a home oven. In recent times it has been embraced by professional artists and used in a huge variety of ways, I use it to make fairy doors and will be adding to this range in the future.