Julia Bickerstaff - Neoncraft REAL neon

Light Reading

Light Reading  Neon and book based sculpture. Exhibited nationally. By Julia Bickerstaff


Julia Bickerstaff

 Creative Neon Lights and Glass

Glass manufacturer and maker of Cold Cathode lighting and Neon for all sectors. From trade engineering and signage to art based or experimental creative works.

Two large previous projects: working with Meantime Brewing Company - London and The Discovery Channel's Quest! I made a new Sculpture to inspire Craft neon how you dont normally see it! Making for the future! see it here

Also working with Transpennine Express to help the realisation for the future of the north! I created a large sculpture in neon in Leeds City Centre and a mentor program view it here: TPExpress Where next Project. Here is the sculpture link.


Glass has been worked and manipulated for centuries for its beauty and versatility. So many uses but by far the biggest use of Glass is in light movement and control from windows to decoration. Julia Bickerstaff has worked glass all her working life having a passion for glass even at School. Today Julia makes:


Neon tubing,

Making Neon for the sign and lighting industry. The aim is  to keep the passion in Neon from Neon Signs to Neon Lighting and neon sculptures. Using her many years experience and a qualified engineer and registered member of the Institution of Engineering and technology (setting the standards in engineering)

The phenomenon of the electrical arc through neon gas was discovered at the turn of the last century and harnessed in the late 20''s in the UK. The principle is still the same today but using electronic power supplies and safety circuitry to maximise economy and safety. Making Cold Cathode Lighting an economical source of light. Used now in hotels, architectural complexes, television studios,under car,inside car. Even those red dots you see on the side of tall buildings and chimneys.

Neon can be designed, made and installed in most locations from your bathroom (subdued and mood lighting) at home or in your car to the top of your local town hall (subject to planning). MASSIVE or small

Glass vases and Art based pieces

This work is often based around found objects click the title to see some of her work.


Using unique tecniques, Julia creates very individual glass jewellery pieces.

Neon work-shops and learning classes

Julia has given many light based workshops in the past at her Studio Neoncraft and in schools, Universities, museums amongst other venues. She teaches Neon Workshops for tubular glass blowing enthusiasts. These workshops attract many backgrounds from Sound specialists to Architects, hobbyists to academics.

The Children based learning experiences she delivers are aimed at opening the childs perception of science and understanding of the wonders of the modern world of light and energy consumption. 

All attendees to date have enjoyed the very full filling time. the workshops are from 1 day to week long. She also offers one on one tuition for the discerning tubular glass manipulating practitioner from novice to high skill levels where the client is looking for a more advanced experience. for example creating and using plasma gasses. 

Neonworkshops also arrange travelling workshops where Julia also teaches currently touring Europe: Norway, Denmark, Germany, France, Iceland and more to follow including multiple UK venues.

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We do not work with LEDs and Faux Neon or Fake Neon. There are many vendors now producing copy and look alike products. We feel our passion lies with REAL neon, glass, it's beauty and economy.

REAL neon making has been classified as an "endanged craft" by the Heritage Crafts Association

Please support Neon making, the heritage and history of this century old skill of glass blowing by using REAL Neon.

Don''t hesitate to ask, for Info, Technical advice, estimates or just a neon chat. Click the contacts page or email. Alternatively use your own email client and email Juliabickerstaff@live.co.uk with your enquiry.

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