Requiring a gift to mark a special occasion, we elected to visit Tiree Glass, Art Gallery and Studio, situated at the highest inhabited spot on Tiree. We wanted something different, something that would standout, and we were not disappointed. Our first visit was just before Christmas 2013 to purchase a present, “Images of Tiree” not worked in glass, rather an excellent collection of photographs by Michael Woodhead.
The gallery is open to visitors, Wednesday to Friday, 12.30pm-5pm, April to October. Located in a traditional ‘style’, black felt roof building, the gallery is light and inviting and just as important – welcoming.
For the more technically minded, resident Artist Frances Woodhead “uses fusing and slumping techniques to create a range of glass art”. Frances uses vibrant glass sheets from recycled bottles and window glass. She explains, “The glass sheets are manufactured from bottles using an innovative kiln-forming process to make glass of excellent quality. A controlled cooling process strengthens the glass making it practical for every day use.”
“The Tiree Glass vision is to create a welcoming and inspiring destination for visitors to Tiree, to create new products, employment and community arts opportunities using waste glass. We aim to use 100% recycled materials and follow a policy of zero waste.”
Located at the highest inhabited point on Tiree, the view is stunning. Whether resident or visitor, a visit is well worthwhile. You’ll find the gallery close to the campsite in Balinoe.
Tiree Glass, Ceosabh, Balinoe, Isle of Tiree. PA77 6TZ