Fran Staniland is a very talented new young British glassmaker. She did her degree course and her MA in glass at Sunderland University. She then spent several years making stunning pieces, mostly themed around Ice, Glaciers and Gemstones, focussing on simplicity, beauty and colour. Her stunning designs highlight the refraction, reflection and crystal clear clarity of ice and gems. Fran is currently taking a pause in glassmaking, now focussing on her young family and other projects. We and her many collectors hope she will return to glassmaking in the future. Having created the overall shape, usually enrobing the colours with clear glass, the painstaking process of cutting, grinding and polishing begins. The final piece can be likened to a cut diamond and takes weeks to complete. These are free blown sculptural pieces as opposed to moulded or cast objects - most unusual for such thick glass. Fran comments "I am constantly excited by the possibilities of glass. The uncertainty of the medium is stimulating with the pliable nature of the hot glass contrasting so much with the precise form of the cold glass. Glass is pure and for me captures moods which are held in layers. I create free blown sculptural vessels. I add crisp cuts to emphasise contrasts and then allow the light to play over each piece for individuals to find their own inspiration from within." Her work is immensely tactile and pleasing to both the touch and the eye. Marine House at Beer are delighted that we have persuaded Fran to release some pieces from her studio.