Samantha Yates, a stained glass artist located in Shipley, West Yorkshire, is known for her work. Her captivating flower arrangements may cause you to pause for a minute to marvel at the beauty of light refracting through colorful stained glassware. She uses copper foil methods and a variety of other materials and techniques in her work. “I appreciate the challenge of reproducing a 3D thing with 2D material and methods,” Samantha remarked in an exclusive interview.
The artist studied stained glass for many years and completed a ‘therapeutic course’ around four years ago. Samantha began making stained glass items while working as a part-time Horticulture instructor. “They informed us that we are so genetically predisposed to engage with nature that we experience joy when we pull seeds from a stalk of grass,” she said. That blew my head, so I began building grasses, and one grass turned into sweet peas, honesty seed pods, and a whole lot more.”
Samantha’s goal, according to her website, is to make beautiful glass flowers to express love, pleasure, and admiration.
“I adore glass, the colors, the transparency, the reflections, you can hold a bit of color in your palm,” the artist said of what she enjoys most about producing these flowers and what keeps her committed to this art form. I like mouth-blown glass because it has a distinct character.”
“Botanical patterns are so very pleasing,” she continued, “samples are often identical, but with tiny little imperfections separating them, I find them calming in the chaos of modern life yet like a weed growing on the pavement, so optimistic, its the sheer beauty, the complex form perfectly designed for function just overlooked.”
“I ponder for a long time about a stem/flower I want to create, I look at specimens, on rare occasions I draw on a ‘post-it note,’ but most of the time I simply go ahead and start cutting the glass,” Samantha said when we questioned her about her creative process. I’m completely absorbed in the process, which makes me quite pleased. It checks off a lot of boxes in my mind.”
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