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Through the looking glass with West Horsley artist Adam Aaronson - Surrey Creations

PUBLISHED: 09:52 07 June 2016

There's magic being created in glass in West Horsley

There's magic being created in glass in West Horsley

Philip Traill

After nearly 20 years in London, glass artist Adam Aaronson moved his studio out to an old agricultural building in West Horsley in early 2013. He soon discovered that his escape to the countryside was the perfect inspiration...

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2016


At the heart of British glass-making for many years now, Adam Aaronson first fell in love with this mesmerising material as a small boy.

“I was about four years old when my sister and I saw some Bohemian glass in a local shop,” he says. “We loved it so much that we saved up and bought a small vase for our mother’s birthday. I could easily have gone on to become a potter or photographer, but when I left university, I persuaded my mother to convert her antiques shop into a glass gallery.”

Eventually, in the late 80s, Adam decided to make the transition from selling glass art to making it, and opened his first glass-blowing studio, in Clerkenwell, London. His work flourished, he moved to a studio/gallery in Earls Court and initially made his name selling his pieces through up-market retailers such as The Conran Shop, Liberty and Harrods as well as galleries and museum shops all over the world.

“Then, in 2012, I found out that property developers had decided to knock down the building that had been my London studio for so long,” continues Adam. “So I decided to turn a disaster into a virtue and escape the capital for a peaceful country location.”

Once set up in West Horsley, he soon found inspiration in the rolling countryside of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) – and hasn’t looked back since.

“I knew I’d been accepted when I was asked to award a prize at the village flower show,” says Adam. “Here in Surrey, I am inspired by the ceaseless changing of the light on the landscape, the sky and water. I am also fascinated by horizons, the vanishing point where the land merges with the sky.

“Glass is the ideal medium to express this idea of continual change, since its properties are inherently mutable, not only in its molten state but also in the way that the play of light creates endless nuances in the finished piece.”

An active participant in the Surrey arts scene, Adam is a member of the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen and Surrey Sculpture Society, and it’s possible to visit his studios and see the resident artists at work, as well as take glass-blowing courses.

• For more information about Adam Aaronson and his work, pay a visit to his website at


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