Lel Willetts

Can you tell us about yourself and your background as an artist/maker?

I’m a fused glass artist - always more of a creative than an artist as such - my thing is colour and I’m more about abstract than ‘pictures’…

Tell us a bit about your creative process.

Inspiration comes from anywhere - it could for instance be a dog walk where I’ve spied a field if poppies through some trees so I take photos and when I get back to my studio - I try and create my version… equally my inspiration might be a poem or a daydream… the resulting piece could take moments or hours to make… fusing could take 8 hrs or 24hrs depending on what I want to see… My favourite part is opening the kiln every time…

Where you do usually work from?

I have a garage sized studio with a lot of tools…

Have you developed any unique or unusual techniques in your work?

As a painter might scatter paint, I scatter but if glass 😂

Tell us about a favourite piece of work and what it means to you.

My favourite piece is usually the last piece I made as I’m still very much in awe that others love my work so much that I have regular buyers who often will buy a piece before it is cold!

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

Woods and flowers

What advice would you have for artists who are just starting out?

Do what brings you joy…

If you sell your work, can you tell us more about how you do this?

I have a website - it’s costly and painful to maintain in a timely way but works well with running a few market stalls

How has lockdown changed your creative process?

No major impact other than no markets… my website kept me busy over last Christmas…

Tell us about any future projects you have planned.

Large kitchen Splashbacks which the customer collaborated on what they want in their home - and workshops for people who would like to experience my joy for themselves…

See more of Lel’s work on her Worcestershire Artists page.

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