Sarah Brown

Hothouse Award
Crafts Council 

Sarah is a Gloucestershire based large scale illustrative glass artist. She loves to work to commission and on one off pieces. She enjoys adapting techniques from different disciplines to apply to various materials, this allows her drawings to create more of an impact and be used for a variety of applications. Inspired by everyday life, Sarah likes to document scenes and interactions between people and their environment, enabling the viewer to see a location in a different way. Starting with people watching, then drawing and playing with depth and transparency, all of which plays a huge part in her work.


The challenge and fragility of glass can create unexpected results, many nice surprises, and some not so much, but working through this enables Sarah to continuously question why glass and push the boundaries of what she does. Sarah loves to transform the surface of the glass with her meticulously planned drawings. She creates depth and layers within the work, which is then subjected to the heat of the kiln to finally transform and create her pieces. Within her glasswork Sarah uses a combination of techniques and processes to transform the surface; these techniques include digital processes, sandblasting, stencilling, free hand drawing and the application of gold, platinum and mother of pearl lustres.

“Being given the opportunity to develop my business and work out exactly what I wanted my practice to become with the help of a mentor and practitioners experienced in the craft sector was just what I needed at this stage in my career.”

“Not only have the crafts council helped me to improve my creative practice, but through the programme the have helped me lay the foundations for a successful business.”


Upon receiving the Hothouse awards via the Craft’s Council early on in her career, she gained creative and business support. The Hothouse Programme supports makers in setting business goals, understanding how to best price their work, in writing about their work and in marketing