Richard Golding, founder of Okra Glass in 1979, opened his glass studio in Shenton Station at the end of the Battlefield preserved railway line in 2010. At the Station you find Richard`s state of the art studio and gallery where you can sit, watch him make glass and buy unique Station Glass Creations. The Station has become a hub for people with a passion for glass, friendship and peace. Richard now has the ideal place for him to experiment and make glass in a way he dreamt of for many years.
Richard`s glass is highly collectible and features in museums, galleries and private collections around the world. Renowned for his glass recipes and designs, use of iridescence, reduction, colour and surface decoration, Richard is seen by many as one of the top studio glassmakers working today. Originally inspired by artist`s such as Carder, Galle, Daum and Tiffany, Richard is using his freedom at the Station to push back the boundaries of his art even further making pieces involving intricate surface decoration, lampworking, cutting and colour combinations that amaze and please Friends and visitors.
We opened to the public on the 19th June 2010. Take a look at the A Station to a Glasshouse pages for information on how we turned the empty shell of the Station into a living, breathing, hot glass studio and gallery. We still can`t believe we did it all in eleven weeks. Memories From the Station captures a few of the memories from the Station since we opened.
We had a really lovely Friend`s Openday and Treasure Hunt on Saturday. Thankyou to everyone who travelled to the Station to share in the day.
Come and say hello and see for yourself the magic of glass blowing in Leicestershire