Frank and Janet Higgins

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 enjoyed early popularity as one of a class of “Philosophical Instruments”, but 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 featured in the US-published “Kaleidoscope Collector’s Guide” and also in the online publication The Kaleidoscope We are members of the US-based Brewster Kaleidoscope Society. Our work was exhibited and won awards at the International exhibition "Kaleidoscope 200 Years" in April 2016.