A lot of the time perspective clients come to us looking for stained glass windows or doors for their home. Whilst here at The House of Ugly Fish, we don’t actually specialise in stained glass windows, we do create glass window designs and bespoke windows and a lot of the time, the client ends up working with us anyway! But what’s the difference between stained glass windows and glass window design?
Stained glass windows almost exclusively refer to the windows found in churches. The glass is coloured using metallic salts during its manufacture and then small pieces of the glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures. Stained glass windows are held together in a frame so that all the different pieces of glass stay in place.
This year, Manchester will be home to the iconic Ideal Home Show; an event that showcases a wide range of areas that includes Interiors, Home Improvements, Food & Housewares, Technology, Gardens, Woman and Shopping. There are thousands of products to see and unique offers that aren’t available anywhere else!
The Ideal Home Show has been running for 106 years now, but this is the first time the event has been in Manchester and we can’t wait to go! It’s great to have a show that’s pretty close to home as it means we don’t have to travel far with our fused glass art and glass splashbacks samples.
I feel like we say this quite a lot, but, it’s been a busy period for us over here at The House of Ugly Fish! We’re starting to sound like a broken record I know, but we just love to keep you updated with what we’ve been up to. Recently we’ve been getting clients looking for our glass window design services. It’s most likely due to the time of year; spring is rearing its head and we’re finally starting to see some rays of sunshine breaking through!
We’d like to share two examples of our recent work in glass window design that we think highlight how different our fused glass designs can be.
If you’ve been thinking about investing in some artwork but haven’t quite decided what kind you’re after, we’re here to help. Figuring out what kind of artwork you like and then want can be tricky. But if you’ve been solely focusing on traditional artwork, can we make a suggestion; fused glass art.
Fused glass art is great because it means you are in control of what goes into the artwork. You can choose a design around your favourite colour palette, or if you change your décor quite often you can design something that will work within most colour schemes. That way, if you redecorate, your artwork won’t become redundant.
National treasure Dame Vivienne Westwood once said that, “There’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere.” With its bustling streets, wealth of culture and almost tangible buzz, it’s no surprise that our capital city has inspired and enchanted so many notable figures and members of the public.
“I put my heart in your hand”
We think this David Gray lyrics is apt when it comes to describing the process of making our bespoke fused glass art for our clients. Our clients come to us with an idea, design or theme that comes from the heart, and then it’s our job to take it in our hands and mould it into something real; in our case, fused glass art.
One of our clients from Southampton, a major port city as you know, wanted some fused glass art that reflected this. We made a fused glass art piece to go on the wall which we think works so well in this space:
Whilst our work is strictly in fused glass art and glass splashbacks, we really are into anything design based and as design fanatics, we used to love the show Changing Rooms that used to be on the BBC. We’re sure you know which show we’re talking about, it was the do-it-yourself home improvement show that saw two couples swap houses and each decorate a room in the other’s home. It was great! They had designers on hand, advising and helping out, but sometimes they did go a little OTT and the show ended in tears and tantrums. We really only matched it for the design tips though, honest…
Our memorable brand name has become synonymous with fused glass art and coloured glass splashbacks, and The House of Ugly Fish is now firmly placed at the forefront in the world of glassmaking. But where did fused glass art come from? In this blog we’d like to take you through a brief history of fused glass art.
One of our friends has recently purchased a house, which is an exciting prospect for anyone, and now the home is finally theirs, they can’t wait to start putting their own stamp on the place. Decorating is one of the most fun parts of owning your own home. After years of renting, you can get sick of bowing to the landlord’s wishes, rules and regulations, and having to get permission if you want to hang a picture, paint a wall or even move some furniture. So it’s such a great feeling of freedom when you own your own property and you can do whatever you like with it!
It’s great when we get a chance to peek into our favourite celebrities homes. And this week we got a glimpse into Kourtney Kardashian’s luxurious Los Angeles home as she’s recently put it on the market. And boy was it a treat for the eyes! Kourtney has really gone design crazy with her extravagant home, with a wacky mix of colours, textures, designs and patterns filling every room, with no two rooms having the same theme.
One of the best ways to entertain your friends is by throwing a dinner party! Well we think so anyway; maybe we’ve just been watching too many episodes of Come Dine With Me. But it really is a great way to socialise and get all your friends together. Going out to restaurants and bars can get expensive and sometimes, you just don’t want the hassle. Getting your friends round to yours, cracking open the wine and whipping up a fantastic meal sounds like the perfect night to us, and you don’t even have to leave the house!
We’d like to thank everybody who took part in our competition, it really means a lot to us that so many people took the time out to like and share our page. The only drawback is that there could only be one winner. We’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Cathy Tunstall on being the winner and she now has £300 to spend on bespoke fused glass art!
We’ve already let Cathy know she’s the lucky winner on Facebook and this is what she had to say:
We don’t know about you but here at The House of Ugly Fish, we absolutely love the New Year. Whilst some people find January a little downbeat, what with Christmas being over and done with, we find it to be a really optimistic time of the year. For us, January is the month that is filled with positivity and the prospect of new beginnings. The whole year is laid out ahead of you and you have 12 months to achieve the goals you’ve set yourself. We get really excited in January and always start planning new things. We’re sure we’re not the only ones.
Home is where the heart is. That’s the old saying anyway, but it’s something we really believe in. Your home is such an important place; it’s your sanctuary, your safe place and your place of comfort. Everything you hold dear resides in your home so it’s important to show your home some love.
Everyone loves to dress their home with a bit of art but it can be frustrating when you can’t seem to find the perfect piece for your home. Sure there are countless traditional art pieces that are absolutely stunning, but what if you want something a bit more unique and out of the ordinary? More and more people are turning to handmade, fused glass art to satisfy their aesthetic needs.
Here at The House of Ugly Fish we love being busy and getting stuck into our work. And that’s exactly what we’ve been doing. We’ve been hard at work and have some new installations that we’ve recently finished and would like to share with you. The first piece is a bespoke fused glass art installation that was fitted to the wall of an area used as a pool room. Our fused glass art is ideal for areas such as swimming pools or wet rooms as, unlike traditional art; the moisture from these areas does not affect the art in any way.
A couple of blogs ago we told you all about our upcoming exhibition at the Grand Designs Live Event and we’d like to tell you how much of a success it was. We had a lovely stand in the Design Arcade which showcased our work, including our fused glass art and our glass splashbacks. The event was pretty manic with so many people there; we were rushed off our feet from start to finish! Even though it was so busy we had such a good time and can’t wait for the next one. In fact, the show was such a success, with so many people turning out that the organisers, Media 10, have stated that next year’s show will be extended to four days instead of three and will be starting on the Thursday.
There’s nothing quite like a sunset, in fact, no description could ever be adequate, and you really just have to see one to fully experience the beauty. So we’re lucky that one of our exhibitor friends has just won an award for ‘The Best Place in the World to Stay for a Sunset View’ for their holiday croft home in Skye, as voted for by Travel magazine.