Richard P. Goldings

Okra & Station Glass



The story of Okra and Station Glass like glass itself, diverse and fascinating. Okra was founded in 1979 by Richard Golding & Nicola Osbourne, this successful art glass studio experienced many changes throughout its history, from major expansion in the late 80's to being brought out and becoming part of a frontline manufacturing group in the late 90's by Moorcroft.

This partnership only lasted 4 years and is considered by many to be one of its saddest times.

Richard and Nicola managed to buy Okra back in 2001 and settled into some purpose built buildings in the grounds of their house in Wordsley. Sadly Nicola left the business in 2007 to pursue a career outside of the glass world and we wish her all the success in the world.





Richard has specialised throughout the years in the design and production of coloured and iridescent glassware, and his studios are unique by melting coloured glass as well as clear. From the very beginning he experimented with glass recipes preferring to make his own glass rather than melt commercially available batches. This has given him much greater control over the material, and consequently over the designs he is able to create. Indeed many of the pieces he has produced would simply not be possible with most commercially available glass. Richards expertise in this field is widely recognised throughout the glass world. Over the years he has run a number of specialists glass technology workshops and guest lectured within this field all over the world.

Richard and his team at Okra regularly updated and developed their ranges giving exciting new products. One innovation has led him into the field of lighting design. This has enabled the perfect marriage between glass making skills with the latest advancements in lighting technology.

At the centre of the Okra business was the one off designer creations which were continually evolving with new ideas being tried and tested . Alongside this, the production of the more affordable range pieces, so broadening the customer base. The middle ground between the two is bridged by the limited edition pieces while these vary in number from five to fifty, every item is individually hand-made by Richard and therefore a unique piece.

Sadly Nicola left the business to pursue a career outside of the glass world in 2007 and we wish her all the success in the world.

Richard has now left Okra and has started a new studio at a preservation railway station called Shenton in Leicestershire. It is his desire to push himself further in design and to investigate the many possibilities within the art field that has brought about this change.

Richard is already open for business and some of the designs that are coming through are very exciting couple that with the news that Terri L Colledge is back with Richard although working out of The Ruskin Centre  in Stourbridge  can only mean lots of stunning pieces of glass to look forward to.  

Richard is without doubt one of the worlds leading Master Glassblowers added to which he is also a brilliant engineer having in the past 4 years developed a Combo furnace, glory hole and lehr that operates on only 10% of the fuel needed to use a standard furnace. Another string to his bow are handmade Violins. This is not an easy skill to acquire but somehow Richard managed it and the final result was a Violin with wonderful tonal qualities.

It is my privilege to have been associated with Richard for many many years over which we have become good friends and together with all Richards fans we wish him the very best of luck in his newest venture Station Glass.




Okra stayed in Wordsley and in 2010 Richard left Okra behind in March to set up a new studio which would allow him to devote more time to creating and not just manufacturing.

New Pieces









Perfume Bottles






Enamelled Glass



Limited Edition





The Portland vase project




Contact Details



Pieces from the past






Richards Bi-og



Tele 01189 326818



Works of art in glass

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