Frank and Janet Higgins Gallery
Designers & makers of Contemporary Kaleidoscopes
Frank & Janet Higgins run the UK’s only studio dedicated to design and creation of Kaleidoscopes. We brought nearly twenty years of experience in glasswork to bear in developing this unique craft which embraces techniques of stained glass, lampworking, glass-blowing and fusing, allied with precision optical glasswork.
In doing so, we have created a renaissance in UK of a craft not seen since the nineteenth century when Sir David Brewster invented the Kaleidoscope. These enjoyedearly popularity as one of a class of “Philosophical Instruments”, but which persisted only as childrens’ toys through most of the twentieth century
We aim to create high quality instruments, which will produce spectacular images while at the same time being pleasing externally. They are designed to last a lifetime. As our output is not large, they will remain rarities.
Our work is known to collectors in USA (the epicentre of Contemporary Kaleidoscope interest) and is featuredin the US-published “Kaleidoscope Collector’s Guide” and also in the online publication The KaleidoscopeBook.com. We are members ofthe US-based Brewster Kaleidoscope Society.
Frank & Janet Higgins
Chepstow Cottage, Colt Hill
Odiham, HampshireRG29 1AN
Tel. 01256 395019
Web presence: www.picturetrail.com/kaleidoscopesg
Frank runs an online discussion group and information resource for aspiring Kaleidoscope Makers and enthusiasts “Kaleidoscope Builder’s Knowledge Base” at: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/kbkb/info
This group has currently over 700 members worldwide.