Handmade by Julie Anne Denton
" After her academic studies in glass & philosophy Dr Julie Anne Denton completed her one-year apprenticeship with maestro Emilio Santini from the famous Italian island of Murano. She extended her travels to learn the secret art of glass from four other famous glass artists, and finally rounded off her education with Bertil Vallien of the renowned Swedish design house Kosta Boda (est. 1742). Julie settled in Zürich in 2010 and opened both her design firm Atelier #315 & later Zurich Glass School her remote creative learning platform. She works with a small team beside her who all care deeply about learning and creating quality pieces which resonate beauty, workmanship, and authenticity. In 2017 she completed her PhD in the combination of sandcasting and flameworking, and she is considered to be one of the current leading experts in this field. Julie also works as a journalist for Glass Art and The Flow magazine, USA. "
on why she creates
"I create because I have always been curious and thought in a different way. I have always questioned, drew, sang, acted, philosophised. Art was the most comfortable vehicle I found to express what I wanted to say in a direct way. I could have worked in any material but glass found me. Due to the complexities of working with the material I was, and I am consistently pushed physically and intellectually. Further, the beauty of the material means I can create rather dark themed work which enchants people by its attractiveness. I value creating pieces which my viewers can make a personal and authentic connection with."
About Our Handmade Products
Atelier #315 glass products for the luxury gift market are made by hand using a large glass burner which runs off oxygen and propane. It heats the glass at approximately 1250°C. The glass comes in transparent rod form and can be bought, or made from raw materials which include heavy/precious metals, arsenic and sand. There is a substantial colour glass palette available, which is applied hot by hand in unison with the clear glass - This is how our original designs are achieved. Not only are we using commercially purchased glass from the United States, but we are also recycling glass bottles which we melt down to create half of our handmade products in the pursuit of global environmental sustainability. Once our glass pieces have been made we must rest them in a hot oven for 24 hours. We do this to release the stress from the glass by cooling it down slowly. When the pieces are finished they are tested for both quality and beauty. Any pieces which do not make the grade are discarded.
on wine bottle stoppers
"A little anecdote for you: when I moved over to Zurich last year my father gave my sister one of the stoppers, he gave one to me and had one himself to have at home with my mother. He bought it at the Christmas market last year. He gave it to us with the intention of it being a memento of the fact that no matter how far apart we are in distance, we all had an item that could remind us of each other and that we are still a family. These beautiful stoppers have become a very important symbol."
on demonstrating at glass festivals
"A demonstration by Julie Anne Denton, www.julieannedenton.com who I regard as one of the most creative artistic flame-workers in the UK at the moment surprised me as I had not appreciated that Julie is "into" casting glass in sand. "Into" being a most appropriate term as her long hair makes the preparation of the mould somewhat precarious but does at least offer the opportunity to seal strands of hair inside the glass. The pouring of molten glass into the mould is exciting and well worth the wait. It's all about teamwork and I would have loved to have seen the slight disagreement between the assistants to develop into a full-scale argument with hot glass gobs being hurled at each other! She has a unique way of drawing out information, something which others would benefit from copying."
Pearson,I. (2009). A Review of the International Festival of Glass 2008, Stourbridge. British Society of Scientific Glassblowers Journal (Volume 47 - No1), pp. 30-40.
on E_learning glass video tutorials
Julie Anne Denton what you clearly are is a serious student of the medium who wants to share and amplify knowledge with integrity, which in my eyes, is what it is all about.
on recycled Monkey 47 drink stirrers
I am so sorry I only discovered these now. How wonderful Christmas would have been. They arrived safe and sound. Including a lovely printed organza bag for storing, or in my case gifting. This is such a great idea! Breathing new life into an unused bottle so it can live on as coffee / tea stirrers that work wonderfully well as honey dippers too. How lovely is that! Thank You Atelier315. x