I was bitten by the glass bug over 15 years ago at a night class in Brighton, where I learned the methods of making traditional stained glass windows.
Glass fusing became my next obsession. It felt more malleable for my designs. With no local classes (Berkshire), and far away tuition costing as much as £150 for a day, I decided to collect as many books as possible, invest in a kiln and teach myself the art of kiln fusing glass. This involved plenty of trial, error and tears (cut fingers, unwanted bubbles and general disasters).
Despite having made hundreds of objects, I still get really excited when it's time to open the kiln - especially when I've just completed a new design.
I hope my designs reflect both my love of animals and glass.
I stopped eating meat in 1981 after watching 'The Animal Film'; the film highlighted the plight of animals used in entertainment, scientific experiments and the food industry. The beginning of the film (if I remember correctly) showed an elephant being electrocuted - the image still haunts me - I was around 12 years old, the film changed my life forever.
Why Karen is supporting Viva!'s Art for Animals
If every person on the planet was compassionate towards all living creatures, we wouldn't need to fight for their rights - but at this moment in time we need to help charities like VIVA! be our collective 'Voice For Animals'.
WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IF YOU BUY KAREN ASTON'S ART
1. Tell Karen your Viva! membership number
2. Let us know the receipt number, date and total amount of purchase
3. Viva! will then receive 20 per cent of the sale price from Karen
Buy any glass plates by Karen direct at www.animalglass.co.uk and Karen will donate a very kind 20 per cent of the sale to Viva!