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A moment Forever Captured in Glass
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*** UPDATE***

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED ME THROUGH THIS KICKSTARTER. 

I am overjoyed to finally be in a position where I can create a hotglass studio all of my own. 

The next stage of this project is to source all the equipment and get the studio up and running ASAP.

I will be sending out badges, pendants and kindestcups before the studio build as I have these in stock.

So if your planning on giving one of these as a Christmas gift. You should have it in plenty of time. 

Follow my progress on my website helenhancockglass.com for future updates and new projects I will be working on. Let new mothers know that there is support available to her if she is struggling with breastfeeding. I am still a qualified Breastfeeding Counsellor and that role continues throughout my work life. The support I offer is free and informed. 

You have been through trauma and feel lost. The glass can offer some healing.

In 2017 I established a WORLD FIRST in Hot Glass. 

By infusing human milk into glass and using a special technique to maintain the milks true colour. 

NOW, I receive milk posted to me from all over the world. 

Birth Trauma.

Breastfeeding Trauma.

Baby Loss. 

This glass offers some healing. It is a representation of you and the connection to your baby. 

 "Helen's glass captures memories of motherhood in the most beautiful way." Noirin McFadden.

"Helen very kindly made me a piece of milk infused glass as a gift and I was blown away by the end result. The talent and vision to be able to combine her two passions says everything you need to know. My piece is proudly displayed in my home and I know I will treasure it forever. Thank you Helen." Eilise O'Hart.

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 (Shaping the hot glass)

Your glass marks a very important moment in your life.  

Living through birth trauma, baby loss and breastfeeding trauma, I came to realise that  as a mother, basic instinct is best practice.

Each milk representing a moment in your child's life.
Infusing the human milk into molten glass
The milk creates a nebula in the glass
Glass Paperweight containing human milk
Milky swirls of healing milk forever infused in glass
Large Human Milk infused breast (on exhibition at the Breast Wing, Belfast City Hospital)

I am my children's mother and I want them to grow up being who they are. Not who I think they should be. 

This is were the concept of my glass making developed.

The trauma's and experiences I had through mothering have offered me insight into what we go through and also inspires me. Offering a creative view on how we approach breastfeeding and also birth. 

I was a glass maker long before I was a mother. 

Making Glass 1998.

So, why should you invest in me?

I will take your precious milk, your baby's teeth, your baby's ashes and I will create something totally unique.

I will make you that glass goblet with the birthstone stem that has grandad as well as all your children involved.

I will make you that bowl using that precious milk you have in the back of your freezer that you know you can't throw out because you want to do something with it, but just not sure what that thing is.

I will make you a paperweight because I empathise and recognise the trauma you feel handing me that small bag of ashes from your baby that did not cry or suckle from your breast. Because I walked in your shoes. I felt that ripping of my being when she left this world. 

I can make you something from the heart that you know you can trust in and see was made from love. 

Who am I?

1. I am a qualified Advanced Cuidiu (Irish Childbirth Trust) Breastfeeding Counsellor, which means I support new mothers every day. I do this voluntarily and I love it. I can fully empathise with your trauma and pain when first trying to feed your infant and my role is to offer you informed, non judgemental support. I've just been nominated as 'Breastfeeding Volunteer of the Year' through Friends of Breastfeeding.. So I must be doing a good job in my role.

 (Receiving my Cuidiu Breastfeeding Counsellor badge after 2 years of training)

Alongside Sabina Higgins at Clontarf Castle, Dublin. Friends of Breastfeeding awards. Oct 2019

2.  The glass I make is unique in that I am trained as a breastfeeding counsellor and doula with full understanding of what it takes to birth and nurture your child. Creating special glass with their milk, baby teeth, placenta, umbilical cord and ashes. 

I am passionate about opening up the conversations around lactation, baby loss and taboo subjects that involve trauma and parenting every day.

 Those awkward conversations that otherwise go silent can be drawn out by simply talking about what your glass means to you. 

They are healing. 

 (Me and the kiddos)

3. I absolutely LOVE making glass.. 

I walk into that hot shop and all my stresses leave me. I am who I need to be to create something so unique and special.

I feel special too because I know that so many people believe in my work and how I can represent them through the glass I make. 

 (Making hot glass, picture: Stephen McCauley)

4. I believe that through this work I am sending out a strong message of hope and understanding around breastfeeding and baby loss and mothering.  

 (Above picture taken at the Breast Wing of the City Hospital, Belfast featuring hand blown human milk infused glass breasts displayed on the wall, with student doctors using art as therapy training. Being inspired)

So there you are.. My reasons...

I am asking you to come with me on this journey. Be part of it.

What your money will do:

* provide a furnace built and shipped from England, which costs around £7K

* provide a glory hole costing around £2K

* provide a Kiln to anneal the glass costing around £2K

*provide a bench that I can work at, blow pipes and tools too costing around £2K

When this studio is up and running you are all welcome to come along and watch us work. I even hope to run some small classes in glassblowing down the line.. There are so many exciting ideas and I really do want to share them with you all.

You are not only investing in me, you are investing in social change for millions of women across the world.  

 (Large human milk infused glass breasts at London Glassblowing Gallery in May 2019)


WHATS ON OFFER: 


Gift Vouchers available. From £50 - £600 (Example is worth £150)
'Boob' badge £15
'Bright' badge


Kindestcup (multifunctional Breastfeeding Cup/Pump) £20
'Bright' In a range of colours, pendant £50


Glass Tumbler (Blues & Purples) £50
Funky Goblet (mixed colour) £85
Human Milk infused Paperweight £120
Baby Tooth Glass Paperweight £120
Human Milk Infused glass pendant £150
Human Milk infused glass pendant (with birthstone colour added) £150
Human Milk Infused glass bowl (small) £150
Bowl using colour and infused with ashes (£150)
Human Milk infused Vase £200
Pendant using birthstone colours (infused with ashes) £200
Large human milk infused glass breast (Cased & illuminated) £600

Risks and challenges

The risks are I won't reach my target to enable me to set up my studio.
I have spent most of my life dreaming of building my own studio.
Now I have a good reason to.
Challenges are day to day life with young kids can sometimes cause plans to go astray..

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    Glass Badge (Boob or Bright)

    * These unique little 'Boob' Badges are designed to support the nursing mother in public. You simply wear your badge to show you are breastfeeding aware and in full support of her choice to feed her baby where she wants to.
    (Simply write 'Boob' when making your pledge)

    * Each pin is handmade glass. Using bright and vibrant colours.
    (Simply write 'Bright' when you make your pledge)

    Includes:
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    • 50× Bright Badge
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    Kindestcup

    kindestCup is a unique, multifunctional cup for breastfeeding

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    Handmade Glass Pendant

    These special handmade glass pendants from my 'Bright' range come in a variety of colours and shapes.
    A wonderful unique gift to give at any time of the year, but especially for someone who absolutely loves handmade bespoke quality products.

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    Tumbler

    Funky Tumblers.
    They are such a classic groovy addition to any table.

    Bright fun colours.
    You decide your colour combo..

    The options are endless..

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    Funky Goblet

    These Funky wonky goblets and totally unique.
    Rustic handmade goblets look like they have come straight from a medieval movie set..

    Grab yours here..

    Choose your colour..

    * Copper Leaf
    * Mixed
    * Amethyst
    * Blues
    * Greens

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    Handmade Blown Glass Paperweight

    * Your breast milk.
    * Your baby's teeth
    * Your baby's umbilical cord
    * Your placenta

    I have made glass using these to create very personal and special gifts and rewards for a journey into parenting.
    I have also made glass using milk made for babies that are no longer here. This is a very personal and sensitive gift that I can absolutely empathise with loosing my own baby 9 years ago.

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    Baby Tooth Glass Paperweight

    What do we do with those baby teeth?
    We put them in a little jar or sit them on a window ledge and eventually they disappear.
    What if you had a special little place to keep them forever.
    What if the tooth fairy brought that little tooth back in the form of a special glass globe..

    I make glass using baby teeth because I wanted to have a place to put those little teeth I gathered from under my children's pillow that I just couldn't throw in the rubbish.
    So I put them into glass and offered up a special story about how their tooth came back to them.
    We create these magical stories for our children around loosing teeth and why our teeth are so important.
    I incorporated this into my story when creating these unique little glass globes.

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    Human Milk Glass Bowl (small)

    A beautiful practical gift to honour your breastfeeding journey.
    This handmade blown glass bowl will have infused your own milk inside. Forever capturing a moment in time.
    (Milk must be frozen and double bagged and boxed when posted to me)

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    Human Milk infused glass pendant

    This very unique glass pendant containing your own milk.
    Finished with a sterling silver necklace.
    The milky swirls contained within.
    You may wish to add birthstone colour/colours too.

    I only need around 30ml of milk to produce this very special piece.

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    Ashes in Glass (small Bowl)

    Ashes in a bespoke hand blown glass bowl.
    This can be included with birthstone colours and human milk too.

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    Group Tuition (5 participants)

    A very special 2 day course in glassblowing.
    * Make your own tumbler.
    * Pick your own colours.
    * Engrave your own unique message.

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    Handmade Glass Vase (Large)

    Human Milk infused glass vase using your milk to honour your special journey of feeding your infant.
    This large glass vase will be your pride and joy and create special conversation for years to come and evoke beautiful memories of a precious time you spent feeding your child.

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    Ashes in Glass (Pendant)

    Your precious ashes infused into glass and made into a pendant to be worn close to your heart.

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    One to One tuition

    You will have an intense 2 day training in glassblowing.
    You will be introduced to the world of hot glass and the process of using specialised tools to shape the molten glass.
    You will make a set of tumblers to adorn you dining table.
    A very special unique gift.

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    Large human milk infused glass breast

    Exclusive to this campaign
    This is a showstopper
    The large breast containing your milk will be illuminated from behind displaying the full impact of the milk within.
    Incased in a matt black wall mounted box shelf.

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