Macroalgae. Bowl 30cm diameter Amber and Cranberry

Cielo mio means "my heaven" in Spanish and is a term of endearment, used in the same way that English speakers use "my darling".

Richard Tilbury makes kiln-formed decorative glassware. (A technique known also as "warm glass" or "glass fusing & slumping").

From a small studio in Willesden, London, production is kept small scale, with each piece being unique.

Inspirations are drawn from nature and influenced by artists such as Gustav Klimt, Antoni Gaudi, Joan Miro and Antoni Tapies.


Gallery (Recent Work)

  • [2010] Snowy Day. Bowl 30cm  White, green, amber glass
  • [2010] Peacock. Bowl 30cm  Green, blue, French vanilla and gold dichroic
  • [2011] Swirl. Bowl 30cm  Green, blue, French vanilla and amber glass
  • [2011 - Experiment (cracked)] Landscape. Bowl 30cm  Neo Lavander, white, amber, green with copper wire inclusions
  • [2011] Swirly green. Bowl 30cm  'Spectrum 96' swirly pattern and white
  • [2010] Abstract based on Miro colours. Plate 32cm x 20cm  White, blue, red, white and cyan
  • [2010] Sculpture based on gorgonia coral forms.  Amber glass tack fused and slumped.  30cm diameter.
  • [SOLD 2010] 30cm bowl.  Red, yellow, gold irridized and gold dichroic.
  • [Commission 2010] 30cm Plate.  Gold irridized and copper inclusions.
  • [15cm Bowl] French vanilla, turquoise, white and opal.


  • Summer 2010 Exhibition at Artisan
  • Summer 2010 Exhibition at Artisan
  • Summer 2010 Exhibition at Artisan
  • Xmas 2010 Exhibition at Artisan
  • Xmas 2010 Exhibition at Artisan


Exhibition at Willesden Gallery April/May 2012

Working in glass is an escape from working in IT!

Richard is completing a part-time PhD on the use of propaganda images against the Spanish empire during the renaissance at Birkbeck's Departent of Iberian and Latin American Studies (ILAS). Being one with a laptop for so many hours drives the need to make rather than stare and write.



[SOLD] Moon Jelly. Plate 25cm White and opalescent glass

Inspirations come from the nature, especially the marine world.

Artistic influences are distincly Catalan - Miro and Tapies - with a touch of Klimt and more than a hint of Japanese Wabi-Sabi

Designs are organic and fractal and play with the way light interacts with the glass.



[SOLD] Colonization. Plate 25cm Chartreuse, red and white glass

Each piece is designed, the glass cut and then assembled in the kiln.

The first stage is to heat the glass to 796 degrees Celsius to fuse it. The glass is then annealed at 510 degrees Celsius before being cooled slowly. This process takes about eight to nine hours.

The second stage is for the glass is thermo-formed, or "slumped", into a mould to shape it. Again this process takes another eigth to ten hours.

Pieces can be lost during the heating and cooling as stresses in the glass may cause it to crack.



For more information please contact me at info@cielomio.co.uk

Check here regularly for upcoming events!

Artisan Private View [Photo: Phil Baines]

Useful Texts

The following books are very valuable and useful when trying to debug mistakes!

Philippa Beveridge's book is an excellent introduction. The book has some good turtorials and provides lots of inspiration.

Keith Cummings gives a good balance of inspiration by showcasing artists, along with a dissection of various methods.