Neil Harris is a glass sculptor who specialises in handmade crystal glass dog figurines.
Based in the West Midlands town of Stourbridge, Neil was apprenticed into the local glass industry aged fifteen, at the influential Thomas Webb & Sons factory in Amblecote. Shortly after his initial apprenticeship, Neil moved to Webb Corbett where he started to specialise in lampwork, and later went on to refine his skills at Royal Brierley and Stuart Crystal.
As a ‘Lamp-worker’, Neil uses a powerful flame – often referred to as a torch or lamp – to melt rods of glass which are then shaped in molten form to create a single figurine. To sculpt the hot glass, Neil uses a small selection of simple metal tools, and never uses moulds of any kind, meaning that every dog he makes is unique, and no two are ever the same.