Cariad Glass is based in the small market town of Llandysul in rural west Wales, nestled in the stunning Teifi Valley – a glorious area for artisans, walkers, kayakers and musicians alike.
We are passionate about our traditional craft, and still use tools and techniques that were used by stained glass artists hundreds of years ago.
Our studio is open to the public, and visitors are welcome to watch us at work, ask questions and browse our eclectic range of gifts and mirrors, each one unique.
We specialise in commission work for clients across the UK and beyond, and also offer a restoration service as well as tuition for small groups.
Chris Dodd has been working through the medium of glass since 2002, and during that time has developed a style that fully takes advantage of the beauty of the natural world around us here in the Teifi Valley. His original work can be found in domestic properties, chapels and churches as well as local businesses and even a windmill in Cambridge!
Justine Dodd joined her husband Chris full time in the studio in 2014, and specialises in creative glass painting which is then kiln fired, as well as sand blasting and stencil work.
We exhibit our work at venues across Wales, including Aberglasney Gardens, The National Botanic Garden of Wales, Cardigan Castle and Cardigan’s Guildhall.
We use a glorious selection of glass in our work, which is in turn created by some of the best glass factories in the world – Kokomo, Wissmach and Spectrum glass from America and mouth-blown glass from Lamberts in Germany.
The sheet glass is carefully chosen for colour, translucence and texture and much of our initial design work is spent choosing the right glass for the project.
The sheet glass is cut to the pattern that we have designed, and lead came in varying widths is used to hold each of the cut pieces of glass in place – like a giant glass jigsaw puzzle!
Solder is then used to bond each joint together, and lead cement then used for extra strength and waterproofing.
Our kiln is used for small amount of fused work, but our real speciality is the use of hand-painted, kiln-fired techniques to create texture, detail and form to our designs.
We also use a sand blasting cabinet and compressor to produce fine details such as lettering on ‘flashed’ glass, where the top layer of coloured glass is carefully blasted away to leave a frosted/etched effect.