Deborah Timperley

Deborah is an international handmade glass artist living in the UK. For over 25 years she has specialised in glass casting, creating unique hand made sculptures and beautiful bowls.

She has shown in Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Lithuania as well as the UK in prestigious exhibitions such as the British Glass Biennale.

This website could very nearly have been all about food, restaurants and hotels. It could have included recipes for wonderful dishes such as a wild mushroom terrine and scallops with tarragon butter! Many artists and makers arrive at their second career by surprising routes. My first career was in the hotel and catering industry. 

More about my background

My father was a jeweller in the jewellery quarter in Hockley, Birmingham and my Mother was always passionate about art. As part of her teacher training when I was at junior school she did a study on stained glass and I was taken to many churches and cathedrals to look at the windows as part of her research. Some, such as the wonderful windows in Coventry Cathedral by Patrick Reyntiens and John Piper have always stayed with me.

So 20 or so years later I did stained glass at evening classes in London…and I loved it! More than I loved the day job. Around this time I considered shortening my working week to perhaps 3 days a week as my husband and I felt like gerbils in a wheel. Then, over several glasses of wine and many evenings of discussion the 3 day week miraculously transformed into zero days! I subsequently spent 2 years doing art GCSE, a year of A level and was accepted onto a Foundation course in West Thames College, West London. It was one of the best years of my life!

At this point I still didn’t really plan to do a degree but as all my fellow students were applying I thought I must too. I didn’t want to continue with stained glass – I found it rather limiting. I had found that I loved using the kiln so I applied to Middlesex University to study Three Dimensional Design which really appealed to me as I could cross disciplines and work with both glass and ceramics.

That was nearly 25 years ago and I still enjoy making just as much. For many years I worked from home as my son was born a few months after I graduated. Now I have a great work shop on the Borde Hill House and Garden Estate just north of Haywards Heath. It’s a rural setting, down a little lane and is an old converted stable. Perfect for my work and my classes!

Shows and Exhibitions 2022

Craft Festival, Cheltenham Town Hall   11 – 13 March

Handmade Oxford – International Contemporary Arts Festival, Waterperry Gardens   23 – 26 June

Earth Sea Sky London Glassblowing Gallery July 2022

Sussex Guild Contemporary CraftFairs:

Michelham Priory, East Sussex  29 – 31 July

Pashley Manor Gardens, East Sussex   27 – 29 August

Midhurst Rother College, West Sussex   3 – 4 December 


Excellence Award Medal & 6 Selected Work Medals in China’s Craft Glass Creation & Design Competition and Exhibition 2021


Selected Maker

Crafts Council

Design Nation



Museum Collection

Museum of Design & Contemporary Applied Arts, Lausanne, Switzerland



Represented by

Galerie B – Baden Baden, Germany


Boha Glass – Contemporary Glass Gallery


Handmade in Britain – Online



1998 BA(hons) Three Dimensional Design

Glass and ceramics

Middlesex University


Crafts Council Directory

Design Nation

Society of Designer Craftsmen

Craft Potters Association

The Sussex Guild


Coburg Glass Prize 2014

European Museum of Modern Glass, Germany


Vitrum Balticum 6th Exhibition 

Including public lecture

Kaunas, Lithuania


International Glass Art Biennial 2014

Haacht, Belgium


Piece acquired by Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts 2015

Lausanne, Switzerland


Represented by Galerie B, Baden Baden

2014 to present


Society of Designer Crafts, London

2003, 2004, 20055, 2008, 2009

Chichester 2020


British Glass Biennale 

2004, 2006, 2012, 2015, 2017


ING Discerning Eye, The Mall Galleries, London 1999, 2000, 2013, 2017


Blackwell Arts Centre, Cumbria 2013


Glass Games, CGS Exhibition 2012


Affordable Art Fair 2000, 2005


Chelsea Craft Fair 2002


Royal Birmingham Society of Artist RBSA Prize Exhibition 2019

Bath Society of Artists 114th  Exhibition 2019

Horsham Museum & Art Gallery, Sussex 2016

Worthing Museum & Art Gallery, Sussex 2016





HandmadeinBritain Online

Boha Glass


UK Contemporary Craft Festival  2014, 2013, 2022

Handmade Waterperry, Oxfordshire 2019, 2020, 2022

Handmade Chelsea 2017, 2014

Lustre, Nottingham 2015, 2016, 2017

Salisbury Craft Festival, Wiltshire 2016

Cornwall Design Fair 2014, 2015, 2016

Art in Action, Waterperry, Oxfordshire

2013, 2014, 2015

MADE Craft Fairs 2013, 2014


Cowdy Gallery, Gloucestershire

Toovey’s Antique & Fine Art Auctineers,Sussex

Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, Wales

Parndon Mill, Essex

Cecilia Colman Gallery, London

Henry Paddon, Contemporary Art, Eastbourne

Alexander Gallery, Brighton

Dome Gallery, Worthing

Choyce Gallery, St Albans

Pond Gallery, London

Green Tree Gallery, Haywards Heath

Artsway, Hampshire

Candover Gallery, Arlesford

Grapevine Gallery, Norwich

Contemporary Ceramics, London

Sheridan Russell Gallery London

Polka Gallery, Exeter, Devon

Hill House, Helensburgh, Scotland

Lemon Tree Gallery, Truro, Devon

The Norton Gallery, Marbella, Malaga, Spain


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