About Tayder Page

and how she creates her work.

On completion of her formal education at Midhurst Grammar School Tayder went on to first obtain a   Diploma in Art & Design  and then went on to a Degree Course in

3 Dimensional Design at Bristol.

In 1990 she won a bursary from the local Woman's Institute and chose a Course at Denman College with Paul San Casciani - studying Traditional Leaded Glass.  This set her on her carer as a successful Artist in Glass.

Tayder's work focuses on Rare Breeds and the British Countryside.  "I want my work to reflect both the British wildlife and rare breeds in our fields as they get so little attention or support, unlike the exotics from other countries.  I feel we should look after what we have."

Tayder draws upon her skills as an Artist to observe and capture the chosen subject matter into the glass. The resulting three dimensional illusion is created utilising the qualities of the selected medium prior to its final fusing into its permanent state in the kiln.
Each piece can take many hours to complete its journey, the larger pieces  take a week from start to finish.

Let me take you through their creation.

1.Prepare the kiln – Old batt wash is removed and new wash is brushed on the shelf to stop the glass sticking and dried by heating the kiln for 20 minutes.

2.Cutting -  the glass (recycled where available) is cut to size and quantity. Any sharp edges are removed.

3.Apply the design - this is done with powdered glass held in a liquid medium (enamel). This is a lengthy process as each stroke is applied utilising a number of techniques. Each layer is left too dry. However unlike other painting methods a second layer of medium can remove what has been previously placed.

4.  Firing - Tack fusing heats the glass just enough for the surface to soften and meld with the enamel. Each firing can takes an average of 24 hours. 

5. Once cooled the enamelled pieces are removed, washed and dried. Step 3 and 4 are repeated.

6. 'Full fused' Firing - This involves taking the glass to a temperature where the stacked layers of glass melt enough to join seamlessly together but not so much that it forms a molten puddle.  The piece is in the kiln from 24hrs upwards depending on the thickness of the stack of glass.

7. Finished Piece - Once cooled opening the kiln is both exciting and a little nerve wracking. All being well its washed, dried and signed - after all, it is a piece of Art.