About us


Will Shakspeare is one of the country's best known glass blowers. He has been featured regularly in the press and on TV including Kirstie's Homemade Home and Kirstie's Homemade Christmas with Kirstie Allsopp, and in the Saturday Telegraph and most recently the Telegraph Magazine with David Nicholls. Will set up Shakspeare Glass over 25 years ago and has supplied many galleries and well-known stores in that time. He has also worked in Central and South America as a consultant in glass production and design for various NGO's. In more recent years he has been joined by his wife Kate who generally looks after the trade side of things. Will works with a small and very talented team of glass assistants, and we have fantastic help with all other aspects from some fab locals. And of course we mustn't forget Boo, our trusty rescue collie! He's in Langport most days- Taunton sometimes- and keeps an eye on the rest of us. 
Will says of his work: I make a wide range of different designs which are constantly evolving. I deliberately design glass with a random factor, an aspect that is beyond my control. I try and use colour so that it affects the final shape of the piece in a natural and fluid way. In doing this I have to work with the glass rather than completely imposing my own constrictions."
 And on inspiration "There is something magical about water, from just wondering why the bath always drains one way to the awesome destruction of the ocean.
I have always loved rock pools; I have albums of photographs taken over the years of different pools in different places. They fascinated me when I was small and they still do. 
Now the flow of the tide is becoming an intrinsic part of my work, both in pools and the sea. The reflection of sunlight as the tide pulls back and forth on the plants and creatures in the water is something that has eluded me with a camera or pencils. To me it seems plain to use glass as a medium for this expression. Glass captures the qualities I love about the sea and water in a fluid way as no other can.
I am also getting more influenced by the landscape around the levels, the relationship and colours of the sky and land. I love looking at what joins them, the rhynes, reeds and willows."
Shakspeare Glass HQ is by the River Parrett in Langport, a small historic town in the heart of the Somerset Levels. We are open 6 days a week from 10am-5pm, and closed on Sundays, unless we are participating in SAW or the Langport Festival etc. In Langport we have a gallery, factory shop, coffee shop and our workshop. We also have a gallery in the heart of Taunton, towards the river, theatre and cricket ground.
All of our glass is made in Langport. We generally blow glass 3 to 4 days a week, so if you really want to watch and are making a special journey give us a call first . We always have a wide selection of our own glass on display in our galleries as well as work from selected other British makers. We also stock a selection of jewellery from some of the top makers in the UK.
Our prices start at around £10 and reach into the thousands for our special cast wall hangings.
 

1983:

West Surrey College

 

1986:

Burnham Workshop

1991:

Taunton Workshop

1996:

Triples Range

1996:

Random Range

(still going now)

1996:

Rhapsody Range

1996:

Persian Range

1999:

Topsy Range

1999:

Perfumes

1999:

Borneo Range

2000:

Blizzard Range

2000:

Splash

2001:

Monolith

2001:

Jarra Range

2001:

Blue Dot Cast

2001:

Humbugs Range

2002:

Rhythm RAnge

2002:

Etruscan Range

2002:

Orient Range

2002:

Syrian Range

2002:

Zubes Range

2003:

Mono Range

2003:

Shimmer Range

2004:

Confetti Range

2005:

Galaxy Range

2005:

Fizz Range

2005:

Storm Range

2007:

Pod Range

2009:

Gem Range

2009:

Mimic Range

2010:

Ice Range

2012:

Pescus Trescus

2014:

Beachware Range

2015:

Orbit Jugs

2015:

Quartz Range

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