Atelier (detail), 2010
Glass, wood, metal; Free-blown lamp-shade, recycled lamp and table
Photo: Nick Moss
With imagination and wit at the heart of her work, Sheldon transforms ordinary, familiar objects into extraordinary or unexpected items. Her works question how we use and view the things that surround us, fitting glass forms onto, or wrapping glass around, everyday objects.
The glass element of Atelier was blown by Sheldon’s partner, Dominic Cooney, while she manipulated the form using a bespoke tool to squash the glass. The bench has been borrowed from her studio, in which imaginative thoughts are transformed into objects.
Elaine Sheldon is a graduate of the University of Wolverhampton and received her MA in Glass and Ceramics from the Royal College of Art in 2003. She has worked as a freelance designer and a lecturer in glass at Wolverhampton University. In partnership with Dominic Cooney they converted a dilapidated Methodist Chapel into a Live/Work Studio (Chapel Glassworks) in Cellarhead, Staffordshire Moorlands. They have operated their business “Sheldon:Cooney” from there since 2003, exhibiting at events including Chelsea Crafts Fair, Origin, and 100% Design, as well as exhibiting separately in the UK and internationally.