Genevieve Thompson – Fused Glass

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Genevieve Thompson is a glass artist based in Halifax, West Yorkshire, where she lives with her partner and two small children.
Gen launched her business full-time just over a year ago, after working towards a career change from IT processing, to live her dream of making a living by creating beautiful artefacts in glass.
She began working in glass as a hobby after joining a number of evening classes, starting with mosaics, then learning about glass fusing and stained glass techniques.
Her passion for the craft grew and grew – and she progressed to selling her work at craft fairs, until it became clear to her that this was the path she needed to follow.
Gen wrote a resignation letter in a sealed envelope, then worked on building up her glass enterprise in her spare time – until 12 months to the day, she handed in that letter. She now has a thriving business, creating artworks in her beloved glass.
Her favourite medium is fused glass – a technique which involves heating up different textured and coloured pieces of glass in a kiln until they ‘melt’ together to create pictures or design – but she also works in stained glass and mosaic and runs courses from her workshop in Swires Road, Halifax.
She recently had a major coup for her business when a new art gallery – the Riverside Art & Glass Gallery, in Wroxham, Norfolk ordered more than £1,000 worth of her pieces to feature in its high-profile launch day exhibition over Easter.
Gen is the founder and co-ordinator of the northern branch of the Contemporary Glass Society – a not-for-profit organisation enabling people working with glass to share ideas and support each other.

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