Shrewsbury Winter Festival | In Conversation with Jill Bagnall

Shrewsbury Winter Festival

In Conversation with Fusing Ideas Glass



Name: Oh, good, an easy one to start. Jill Bagnall!


Occupation:  Glass artist maker



In three words describe your work: Fabulous, functional, colourful




How did your business start? One of my many crafty creative hobbies that turned into a passion – glass gets under your skin, though we hope not literally. It gradually took me over and then I was bought a small kiln for a birthday; the rest is history


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Have you got a favourite product? Why? Gosh that’s a difficult one.  I love the ‘tapestry in glass’ work because it is quite technical as well as creative and I have only tipped the iceberg exploring all its possibilities…  Ah and then there is a new technique I’m just getting to grips with; using powders to create bas-relief panels and art works. Ask me next year and that may be tops.


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With all that has been achieved in your career so far, what are you most proud of? I’ve had one or 2 high spots in previous incarnations – I would be very proud to make it a hat-trick. I’m sneakily quite chuffed with myself for actually running with a creative business.


What do you love most about running your creative business? I enjoy the whole challenge of running a business. All of it. The fact that Fusing Ideas allows me to create my own unique products and occasionally get completely lost in the creative process (while I’m still ‘at work’) is the icing on the cake. I’m also really enjoying teaching people the basics of glass fusing – they challenge and teach me right back and we have some fun.


What will people find when they come to see you at the Shrewsbury Winter Festival? Colour! My pop-up is always full of colour, light, and it’s shiny, sparkly. Glass is very touchy feely, surprising for a cold material. I think it holds a special attraction due to its ability to reflect, refract and transmit light. I’ll have lots of unique and original pieces, from little KIS (Keep It Safe) dishes to statement pieces.


What are you looking forward to most about the Shrewsbury Winter Festival? Meeting lovely Shropshire people, chatting about what I do and finding out what they like and what they want.  When you work on your own you miss out on that. If I get a chance there’s a few things from fellow makers that I’d like to buy too. Be nice if it’s a little drier!


What are your plans for Christmas? Pretty quiet: We enjoy a family get together with lots of home cooked food and some old fashioned traditional games. Time to relax and unwind for all of us as it’s been a hectic, challenging year one way and another. Long walks with dog – weather permitting.


Quick Fire Get To Know You Questions:


Favourite Colour? Purple


Favourite Food? Hand-made marc du champagne truffles!


Favourite tipple? Currently Prosecco


Hobby? Gardening – now that it is not a business I can enjoy it for its own sake again.


Favourite place to visit in Shropshire? Impossible to answer! Love Shropshire; the countryside, the history, the buildings, the views.


What do you want Santa to bring you for Christmas this year? After the year we’ve had: Peace, tolerance & kindness globally. An end to animal abuse. And a stable economic climate, so that my business can grow and be successful; then I can get anything I need anyway! It’s a lot to ask for I know – but you did ask.

Find Jill and her colourful glass with Buy-From Shropshire at the Shrewsbury Winter Festival this year. Visit her new website ( or find her online with Buy-From Shropshire.