Originally from Putaruru in the South Waikato, now residing in Cambridge, Jill Matthew fell passionately in love with glass art after recuperating from a serious illness. Until then she had enjoyed a career in nursing, but having to learn to walk again gave her a 'life's too short' moment, and she decided it was time to change her focus.
Jill works full-time at her home studio in fused glass; a medium which is challenging and rewarding. Fused glass, is the heating of glass layers, powders, or shapes of glass in a kiln to many hundreds of degrees. The processes to produce one piece may involve several firings - many hours long each. She uses many techniques to make her pieces, and it is an involved process of assembling, multiple firings, then coldworking to a quality finish.
The highest training Jill has had in art remains School Certificate! She is self taught in fusing glass, and enjoys learning by vast amounts of research and hands-on experimentation!
Jill Matthew Products