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Glass of rainbows bees of light with Scottish artist Emma Lindsay

Glass of rainbows bees of light with Scottish artist Emma Lindsay

In the central Pacific Ocean, where the taste of sea salt tangs the air, one of the world's most active volcanoes sits berthed like a restless dragon.

Spewing out tongues of liquid fire, the lava drips hungrily from its open mouth down towards the island below.

This is Kilauea in the Hawaiian Islands, and as the intense heat of its boiling heart reaches the earth, the sand is scorched, burnt, into broken pieces of smooth jet black glass.

Centuries ago these shards were used by man to form spears for hunting.

Today, the beauty of glass is being drawn into an ever more enchanting function, as a medium to capture rainbows of colour and light.

And Scottish glass artist Emma Lindsay is one of those embracing this child of heat and flame.

"People call me the bee lady," said 28-year-old Emma with a laugh. "My glass bees have been popular and I've done so many of them now that the nickname has stuck."

With her gentle voice and soft blonde hair, Emma seems almost as delicate as the glass art she creates. But it's her strength of talent which has seen her tiny bee creatures and glass paintings become a firm favourite with her fans.

"I always wanted to be an artist," said Emma. "I'd always assumed I'd become a painter, but when I went to art school and had the chance to specialise, it was glass I chose.

"Glass is pretty and encompasses a whole range of techniques."

Emma's decision to study her glass work at Edinburgh College of Art turned out to be a perfect choice, as did her decision to work from a studio in Glasgow.

Just a few weeks ago in early June, a large project of her glass art was unveiled at Canterbury Cathedral - a masterpiece which will have a legacy that continues well into the next few hundred decades.

"I was commissioned to do a stained glass window for Canterbury," Emma explains. "I took my parents down with me for the unveiling and it was amazing to be there. To just stand in the cloisters looking up at it and watch everyone walking by stop to look up at it too.

"My mum was so proud she kept stopping people and telling them to look at what her daughter had made," Emma said with a shy giggle.

For a girl who hails from so small a Scottish village outside Edinburgh that "even the fire brigade struggle to find it", it was a big moment.

"I was told that it would stay there for the next 1000 years at least," said Emma. "I just couldn't believe it when they told me."

With swirling leaves of ochre, amber and burnt umber, Emma's delicate stained glass window is now settled in pride of place between the old cathedral stones.

  (Canterbury window)
via STV via STV

"I would love to have more big projects like that in the future," she said. "Though at the moment things are going well with private commissions and with my restoration projects.

"It would be great if I could probably get something as big as that again which allows me to be really creative."

You can follow Emma's glass journey here on her Facebook page and stay tuned here to STV for all the updates on her next large glass art projects.

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