The Glass Gallery

China & Glass

The Hirsel, Coldstream, Berwickshire, TD12 4LW

    The Julia Linstead Glass Gallery exhibits a wide range of Julia's gorgeous sandblated bowls. We also stock hand made perfume bottles, bowls, paperweights, jewellery and window panels and more by some of the best glass artists in the U.K.

    The Julia Linstead Glass Gallery exhibits a wealth of the most beautiful lead crystal glassware all hancrafted by British artists.

    We have everything from unique one-off glass sculptures to tiny paperweights, delicate perfume bottles to stunning jewellery.

    Whether you are looking for a collectors piece or a present for the dog sitter if you like glass you will love the glass gallery.

    There is a programme of exhibitions and events running throughout the year including a spring sale, summer show and christmas bazaar when we invite other artists to join us in showcasing their work. You can follow us on facebook or go to the web site to see what we will be doing during your visit.

    The Gallery is also home to Julia's workshop and  you can see her working on one of her bowls during your visit before browsing around the gallery.

    Julia designs and decorates handblown 24% lead crystal bowls in jewel like colours with unique patterns which she sketches and then sandblasts into the surface of the glass. Drawing her inspiration from nature and especailly the sea Julia's patterns include fish, flowers, butterflies and dragonflies amongst many others.

    Julia also produces one-off sculptural forms with delicate images over swathes of colour, these are Julia's favourite pieces so there is always a good selection in the Gallery.

    Alongside and complimenting Julia's own work we sell work by some of the most talented glass makers in the North and Scottish Borders.

    Jane Charles blows wonderful contemporary pieces in mouth watering colours from her Newcastle Studio. Her perfume bottles, vases and paperweights and bowls are avidly collected across Brittain. We are also lucky enough to be able to exhibit Janes sculptural work from time to time.

    Julia and Jane have been working together for over 20 years, often collaborating on pieces and exhibiting together.

    Sanders and Wallace from Pateley Bridge use traditional English glassmaking techniques and recycled glass to produce a broad and diverse range of drinking glasses, paperweights, vases and perfume bottles.

    As well as blown crystal the gallery has a wide range of gorgeous glass jewellery.

    Connell and Hart, with whom Julia did her glass degree in Sunderland, make earings and pendants in a rainbow of colours; their teardrop earrings are always popular. They use an ancient technique called Pate de Verre where tiny grains of crystal glass are fused together in a mold to form the piece; this allows them to create complicated tones within colours and delicate textures. They also make lovely clocks in the same way.

    A recent addition to the gallery is Karen from Berrydinbeads. Karen uses quartz and semi precious stones in her jewellery and has a wonderful eye for colour.

    A glass gallery wouldn't be complete without stained and leaded panels and we stock work by two very talented local makers.

    Julia Davies makes stained glass panels  with designs ranging from the Berwick lighthouse to ginger cats, from pheasants to frogs . Her exquiste painting and eye for detail make these pieces really special.

    Lastly but by no means least we also have work by Amanda Mitchell. Amanda specialises in leaded and copperfoil glass panels and has an eye for bold use of colour. Her designs are contemporary and drawing on local scenes and wildlife Amanda's work brings a slice of the country into the home. Amanda also makes a delightful range of christmas decorations. 

    Opening Times
    Open All Year

    The Glass Gallery closes when we exhibit at national craft fairs. Please check a few days before arrival especially if you are making a long journey. Although we make every effort to be open at least 6 days a week for most of the year there are always days when we have to be closed unexpectedly. Holidays and exhibitions away will usually be posted on the website and on our facebook page Julia Linstead Glass Gallery


    • Outdoor Play Area This is an unsupervised play area and children using the facility must be supervised by their responsible adult.


    • Level Access
    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area


    • Rural Location
    • Village Location

    Special Requirements

    • Pets Welcome


    • Public Toilet Facilities

    Leisure Facilities

    • Garden

    Payment Methods

    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • Debit Card
    • Delta Card
    • Maestro Card
    • Mastercard
    • Switch Card
    • VISA Card


    • Parking The Hirsel Estate management have a parking fee for visitors using the park and grounds.

    Road Directions

    Coldstream lies on the Scottish Border between Newcastle and Edinburgh on the A697; and is just 12 miles west of Berwick upon Tweed and the A1. Travelling west through Coldstream the Hirsel Estate is found past the centre of town on the right, if coming from Edinburgh or the west the estate is just past the health centre at the edge of town, on the left. The Estate entrance is marked by a brown tourist sign and a large Hirsel Estate sign.

    Public Transport Directions

    Berwick Upon Tweed lies on the East Coast mainline from Edinburgh to London (or visa versa)

    There is a local bus service running from Berwick to Galashiels that comes through Coldstream, please check before using the buses for current timetables.

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    Access to Public Areas (Displays, exhibits, rides etc)

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to :
      • a public toilet
      • a public toilet suitable for visitors who use a wheelchair
      • the ticket issuing point

    Cafeteria / Restaurant

    • Level access (i.e. no steps or thresholds) or access by a ramp or lift to the :
      • cafeteria

    Attraction Entrance

    • There is a ramp to the main entrance


    • The route from the parking area to the nearest public entrance is :
      • flat, ie. without steps
    • Parking provided for visitors
      • Parking on site
      • With designated parking for visitors with disabilities
    • There is a drop-off point for guests immediately outside the main entrance

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