Katie Lynn at Molten Wonky
I was bought up among the fields and flowers of the Essex countryside. At 16 I went to study Art and Design at Braintree College where I loved photography, printing textiles and painting on glass. This led to me securing a place at Chelsea School of Art where I studied Mural Design. I learnt how to create artwork on a large scale and my favourite medium was stained glass. My final major project was for a freeze of stained glass windows depicting the London skyline.
During my twenties, I made a few stained glass windows including one for a school reception, a set of conservatory doors and a large interior panel to name a few and I discovered I really enjoyed working on a large scale. I used this money and the money I made as a waitress to go travelling. First stop was to South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and India.
I had got the travel bug and wanted to go away again and this time flew solo to South America. Six months spent rambling around the mountains and coastline gave me time to think about what I wanted to do with my life, so, on returning I went back to college to study Visual Merchandising. I then worked at Habitat, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges for a while.
Forward another few years and I received an irresistible offer from my good friend Scott to stay in Bali. This beautiful island was enough to make me feel rather differently towards my lovely friend and twenty two years on we are still together, having had four children, umpteen chickens, lots of cats and Flo the three-legged dog.
Forward another load of years and, once my youngest started school, I wanted to get making and creating again. I knew I wanted to work with glass again, and after visiting a show in London and seeing loads of fused glass creations, I was in love and intrigued by the medium. I obviously had experienced working with the wonderful colours that were available in stained glass, but I wanted to find a way that wasn’t so restrictive to form – fusing was the way to go, much freer, more fluid and it felt like a natural way for me to work.
I invested in a kiln and got to work. The Small Star was one of the first items that I started making and it’s still a firm Wonky lovers favourite today.
Fusing suited me and in October 2009 my glass fusing business was born – Molten Wonky: molten by technique and wonky by nature!
Molten Wonky products are made with a certain production ethos, each “wonky” item retains its own quirkiness. I like to work in a random and haphazard way, and that helps to create each uniquely “wonky” product.
The products made for Molten Wonky are all created as unique pieces but each is part of one of our ranges. The first range was a Christmas collection in 2010. Nugget Jewels and the first Wonkyland flowers were grown in 2011. Wonky Love was introduced in 2012 for Valentine’s Day and 2013 brought Quirky Birds to the range. Since then the ranges have expanded, although many of the original products remain the best sellers.
Molten Wonky products are all hand cut from a sheet of specialist glass fusing glass by Bullseye. Dichroic pieces, wire, paint and millefiore are added to create interest and to make each piece individual.
“Working for your self is not necessarily an easy option but I am so pleased that I set up Molten Wonky. I love the freedom I get working for myself and I love the contact with customers and creating work especially for them. Seeing people smile when they look at my decorations is a joy and makes it all worthwhile.”