Contemporary Kaleidoscopes



These precision optical instruments and beautiful works of art are currently on display in Guildford House in Guildford High Street.

These limited editions, each one numbered and unique, are designed and built by Frank and Janet Higgins of Kaleidoscope Studios.

The couple developed this unique craft from their 20 years’ experience in the field of Stained Glass. They were introduced to Kaleidoscopes in 1996 during an exhibition in Washington DC. It appealed both to Frank’s science background and to Janet’s expertise as a colourist. Since then, they have built between 1500 and 2000 kaleidoscopes, which have sold both in UK and abroad.

I am amazed they lack a blog. The need a blog, with a post on each and every kaleidoscope, describing it as they design it, pictures of the kaleidoscopes and views through the lens. Plus a twitter account.

Kaleidoscope comes from the Greek words Kalos (Beautiful), Eidos (Form) and Scopos (Watcher).


2 Responses to “Contemporary Kaleidoscopes”

  1. misakouroco Says:

    Interesting pieces, and yes, I’d love to know the stories behind 🙂 Hope they find a way to start blogging/tweeting 🙂

  2. keithpp Says:

    I only wish I had spent more time with them. I think I will one day visit their studio.

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