About glassology


Glassology is a company that specialises in bespoke glass products for both designers and private clients with an emphasis on personal service.  Our passion for glass as a decorative material is reflected in the high standard of work that we produce.  Whatever your requirements, we can assist with bringing your project from concept to realisation.


Richard Cox has over 15 years of experience in the glass industry.  Having finished a degree in glass design at Farnham Art College where he specialised in decorative sandblasting, he went on to start work at one of the UK’s leading architectural glass manufacturers.  Gaining a wealth of experience and expertise he then went onto start his own company, Glassology, in 2000.  His enthusiasm for glass as a material combined with a dedication to produce high quality bespoke work has created a company with the ability to meet your glass requirements whilst keeping an emphasis on a personal service.


Contact glassology


office -


Glassology Ltd

The Baldons

Baker Street

Aston Tirrold

OX11 9DD

By appointment only

T: 01235 850518

M: 07958 632 088


Techniques


Back painting -

Through the sprayed application of paint to the rear face of the glass it is possible to create an opaque coloured panel suitable for wall cladding and splash backs. The paint is specifically designed to adhere to any type of glass and is resistant to moisture. Almost any colour can be achieved and over the last ten years we have formed a sample box of over 80 different colours from which a selection can be made. We are also happy to provide a colour matching service or reproduce colours from the British Standard, RAL or Dulux ranges. In addition to plain coloured panels it is also possible, using two or more colours, to apply a design should this be desired.


Gilding -

Fine metallic leaf applied to the rear face of the glass makes a distinctive decorative finish for feature panels and splash backs. Our gilded glass is then back painted allowing glimpses of the background colour to break through where the leaf has been distressed or where a pattern has been exposed.


Kiln forming -

By heating a flat glass panel in a kiln to the point just before it becomes molten, any texture or design beneath will become embossed into its surface.  This technique creates a beautiful fluid quality to the glass that can be utilised for doors panels, partitions, signage or once back painted, for wall cladding and splash backs.


Sandblasting -

Sandblasting erodes the surface of the glass through the use of abrasive grit propelled in a jet of compressed air. This can be used to obscure the face of the glass or, where desired, designs can be introduced by masking off sections. Deep etching uses this erosive jet to carve the glass; the more passes over an exposed area the deeper the cut. Whether used to apply a graphic element or create a detailed illustration this technique can be utilised for doors panels, partitions, signage or once back painted, for wall cladding and splash backs.


Edge work -

The majority of the glass we provide will either have a standard straight line polish or when shaped, an inter-mac style polish. In some situations clients require something a little different; with this in mind we offer a nibbled edge. This process involves chipping the edge of the glass with a hammer to produce a random, angled edge that is then ground back using various grades of abrasive drums. The final effect is unique, a smooth undulating edge that can never be reproduced in exactly the same way.


Products


Breakfast Bars –

Our glass breakfast bars offer a contemporary and stylish addition to your kitchen. Manufactured from toughened glass they are designed specifically to work within your existing environment; for this reason we provide a full site survey, supply and installation service which will ensure a perfect fit. We are able to offer a range of thicknesses, types of glass and surface treatments i.e. clear, acid etched or even a deep etched pattern. Supports are made to order for each specific job and are fashioned from solid stainless steel. They incorporate a counter sunk bolt through the glass which gives a flush and extremely secure fixing.


Coffee/dining tables -

Glass is a fantastic material for furniture offering a contemporary finish that doesn’t compromise the sense of space and light in a room.  Clear glass in itself is beautiful, however it has the possibility of being further enhanced with an etched pattern to complement the design.  Whether you have an existing base for which you require a top or would like guidance creating something tailored to your exact requirements, we have the expertise to meet your needs.


Door panels –

An ideal medium for creating interesting reflective surfaces within bespoke furniture. Clear, sandblasted or kiln formed glass can be used to provide glimpses into an interior space; alternatively once back painted, gilded or mirrored it can be used as decorative cladding.


Frameless and sliding doors –

Frameless glass doors provide a modern look and allow light to travel from room to room. They can be hinged off the door frame, or where space is at a premium, a sliding system offers a practical and stylish solution. All of our doors are made from toughened glass which can be either clear, acid etched or incorporate a bespoke design of your choice. To complement the glass we are able to offer a range of hinges, handles and sliding door systems. Due to the precise fit required, we offer a full site survey, supply and installation service.


Mirrors -

Our bespoke mirrors offer a decorative feature to give depth and light to any sized room. Whether you require a mirror to fit an exact space or a statement piece incorporating a personalised design, we are able to help. We offer a full site survey, supply and installation service which will ensure a professional finish.


On-site Sandblasting -

Where a glass panel has already been installed we have the equipment to sandblast on site; this is ideal for the application of logos and vision lines in corporate environments. Domestic clients may wish to take advantage of this service to etch their property number or name on the transom above the front door. Furthermore, as a means of providing privacy a design can be engraved onto glass windows and door panels.


Shelving –

For the display of valued items a glass shelving system is a practical and interesting solution. We can design and install everything from an individual shelf to a bespoke audio visual storage unit. Although most of our glass will have a standard polished edge we also offer a specialist nibbled edge detail for those who require a truly distinctive finish.


Shower Screens and enclosures –

If you have a project that requires a bespoke shower screen or enclosure we can provide a full service from design to installation. Whether a single static panel or a complete enclosure, incorporating toughened back painted wall cladding, we have the knowledge and ability to accomplish the job.


Signage -

By choosing a glass sign, you are making a permanent statement with great creative potential. Through the use of sandblasting or kiln forming, any text, design or logo can be turned into an impressive three-dimensional representation. As well as corporate signage we also cater for domestic clients with bespoke house signs which can make a distinctive addition to a property’s frontage. We offer a full service from design to installation and can provide all necessary fixings including the latest illuminated sign supports.


Frameless and sliding doors –

Frameless glass doors provide a modern look and allow light to travel from room to room. They can be hinged off the door frame, or where space is at a premium, a sliding system offers a practical and stylish solution. All of our doors are made from toughened glass which can be either clear, acid etched or incorporate a bespoke design of your choice. To complement the glass we are able to offer a range of hinges, handles and sliding door systems. Due to the precise fit required, we offer a full site survey, supply and installation service.


Splash backs -

Our glass splash backs offer a stunning decorative finish to any kitchen, utility or bathroom, providing a modern, hygienic and easy to clean surface. Created from either back painted toughened flat glass, back painted toughened kiln formed glass or toughened flat glass which has been gilded, we have the perfect bespoke wall cladding to complement your decor. The majority of our splash backs are produced using 6mm low iron glass which is cut to fit, polished and then toughened. By reducing the iron content in the glass it negates the green tint of standard float glass which can lead to colour corruption, especially with lighter colours. All our splash backs are toughened, meaning they are six times more impact resistant than standard annealed glass, as well as being able to withstand heat of up to 200 degrees.

We provide a full service to assist you with your decision which includes the initial quotation, site survey and colour consultation, supply and installation.