CHRISTINA DEMBINSKA : BUTTONS
Dimensions: 2 x 3 cm and 3 x 4 cm
Materials: Glass and cullet slips
Christina Dembinska is an independent designer/maker of stained glass work, proudly following in the footsteps of women working in this field since the beginning of the Arts and Crafts movement. She mainly uses beautiful mouth-blown English antique glass – the last architectural glass handmade in Britain today. Influenced by landscape and story connected to landscape, Christina makes one-off pieces for even the smallest window.
Christina was inspired by a ceramic button made by Lucie Rie who was able to earn a living making buttons during World War II, as they were exempted from rationing – the government believing such fripperies to be a social necessity for the morale of women. The idea of making buttons sparked the use of cullet slips (a waste material from the process of making an architectural glass sheet) and using this to make decorative and functional objects (buttons!).