Independent family-run studio and gallery
A small but well-equipped production studio and gallery based in The Craft Courtyard at Harestanes.
Established 2 April 2016, by owner Rachel Collins. With Rachel's daughter, Georgia, joining the studio in March 2020 as a full partner.
We produce a range of unique and individually handcrafted dichroic glass and sterling silver jewellery, kiln-formed fused and stained glass for the home and garden.
After almost 30 years in the Civil Service, I attended a night class in Stained Glass at a local college, in Stirling in 2005. Within weeks I was addicted and ordered all the glass, tools and equipment.
I went on various training courses in glass fusing and trained with Zurich based Erna Piechna, a well renowned and respected glass artist with expertise in kiln formed work.
I then successfully started and ran my own glass supply business and training studio for almost 10 years with my Husband, before moving down to the Scottish Borders for a lifestyle change, where I re-discovered my passion for art glass.
As my parents ran their own glass supply business, I grew-up surrounded by glass, artists and training workshops. From a young age I learned the art of stained glass and was introduced to glass fusing. This allowed me to create unique glass designs for my Art submissions in High school.
Instead of glass I ended up choosing to study Fashion Technology, and graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a Masters degree in business and design. After working in the Fashion industry down South, I've returned home to the Borders and rekindled my love of glass.
I then added to my skillset by learning silversmithing techniques to incorporate my Mum’s beautiful fused glass jewellery with handcrafted sterling silver findings and settings.
Working with local communities and charities
Throughout the year Harestanes Glass Studio works with local charities and community groups by offering talks, workshops and taking part in fundraising and craft fairs.