James "Jim" Adlington
Director & Glassmaker
Jim started Bristol Blue Glass in 1988 with glass artist Peter Sinclair. Jim is a multi-disciplinary artist, glass being his chosen medium. He has wide experience in both hot and cold glassmaking and has travelled extensively to further his knowledge of glass and its use as an artistic material.
Alex has been working with us for several years and came reluctantly to glass as it runs in his family. Despite stating as a teenager that he 'will never even set foot' in a glass studio, here he is and he has quickly taken to the art of sculpted glass, or the "Masello" technique. He is looking to develop his talents in this area and work abroad. You can take the boy out of the glass studio etc...
Alice has been with us since 2016. Before joining us she did a degree in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture. Alice trained with us in lampworking and kiln-fusing glass and makes our memorial jewellery range, which she finds very fulfilling. Alice enjoys working with colour and experimenting with shape.
Dave is the Hot Floor Manager and has been with us for ten years. Dave is a dedicated glassmaker and is truly in love with his material and travels extensively to further his glass knowledge. Dave developed his skills making our range of glass. He originally specialised in sculptural work but is now happiest experimenting with Venetian Blown Stemware techniques.
Accomplished artist Beci is Gallery Host at our high street location in the centre of Bristol. She is pictured in front of one of her stunning canvases.
Ty is about half way through his training. On finishing his training he plans to travel the world making glass. He has a passion for teaching people about this ancient craft and loves working with the public, giving talks and demonstrations.
Amber studied Illustration at degree level, specialising in Stopmotion and puppetry making. Amber has trained with us in lamp working, fused glass and stained glass. She makes our jewellery range as well as one-off pieces. She hopes to keep learning and improving her skills further with glass and experiment with combining the medium with other materials.
Co-Manager & Assistant Glassmaker
Ivan has been with us for over 3 years and he is now our Co-Manager. He occasionally assists the production of glass for a better understanding of the material and he is also a passionate mosaic artist (@koanmosaics)
Nick has been with Bristol Blue Glass for fourteen years now and is an integral part of the team. Nick does all our engraving, from wishing someone a 'happy retirement' through to huge, nationally-recognised awards. His talents do not stop with his skills for engraving, however. He also screen prints and is a critically-acclaimed musician with his band, "Nicholson Heal".
Customer Care Operative
Tara has been working with Bristol Blue Glass since June 2018. On a day-to-day basis she manages the Dispatch Area by helping with telephone calls, welcoming customers and replying to emails. Tara is the communication axis between the studio and the rest of the world and ensures the studio runs smoothly.
Our account exec extraordinaire, Brenda makes sure everything runs smoothly from a financial perspective. In her down time she is a committed parent and grandparent and throws a mean party!