Richard Golding has been involved with glass since he set up Okra Glass in 1979. He is renowned for his efficient furnaces, glass recipes and designs, and use of iridescence, reduction, color, and surface decoration. In 2010, Golding opened his eighth glass studio and first gallery, Station Glass, in a Victorian Station building at the end of a preserved railway line in Shenton, Leicestershire, England. The Station was far too small to fit traditional glassmaking equipment, so he designed and built a combined furnace, annealer, and glory hole called the COMBO. The COMBO runs on electricity and makes glassmaking affordable and possible in a very small space.
Golding’s glass is highly collectible and is featured in museums, galleries, and private collections around the world. Originally inspired by artists such as Carder, Gallé, Daum, and Tiffany, hiss work is pushing boundaries, with new pieces involving intricate layered, surface decoration, flameworking, cutting, and color combinations.