Etherley Incline handmade glass sun catcher


Etherley Incline handmade glass sun catcher

This beautiful sun catcher was inspired by a walk up Etherley Incline in August. Clumps of pretty harebells grew along the massive incline embankments in stark contract to the scenes nearly 200 years ago when chaldron waggons full of coal were pulled up the ash covered incline by Stephenson’s stationary engine and lowered down the other side again, before being led by horses to the next Incline at Brusselton. Past and present at Etherley have been brought together by glass artist Judith Gill of Stockton. Judith has used glass firing techniques to create the incline landscape with harebells, then hand painted the horse and waggons on to them before firing.

The glass landscape measures 5 x 5cm with a wire handle for hanging adding another 3.2cm to its height (a dark red ribbon provides additional hanging options). Each sun catcher varies slightly due to being hand painted and because the technique produces slightly varied results in the kiln.

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We are proud to support artists who live and work along the line of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Judith lives in Stockton and specialises in art made from glass. In addition to studying textile design at Huddersfield, Judith also trained at the renowned Sunderland glass centre. Her glassware has been exhibited at the V&A and she is a member of Cohesion Glass Group, Digital City, Redcar and Cleveland Creative Hub, Contemporary Glass Society, AXIS and the Northern branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers.


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