Happy, uplifting fused glass to make you smile!
FUSED GLASS DESIGNS
I grew up in rural Hertfordshire, where I was surrounded by miles of countryside and spent many hours amongst the fields and hedgerows. Making dens, climbing trees and immersing myself in nature’s playground.
It was the 90s when kids went out to play and screens got as good as a GameBoy shared between 5 friends with very limited battery life! A lot of my work is inspired by the connection I feel to those times.
I hope my work reflects that sense of uplifting freedom found as a child in an uncomplicated world. Simple pleasures found in the wild of the countryside that provided so much fun and adventure. For me, nature is now beautiful through my adult eyes but my memories have a deeper sense of the fun and playful environment that I was so privileged to grow up in.
I’ve always felt creative and drawn to that side of myself, but when I first encountered glass I was instantly in love! The ability to manipulate this seemingly solid and permanent material felt like magic. Transforming it from sharp and dangerous to smooth and rounded.
Focus can sometimes be a challenge for me, but glass has always managed to hold my attention. It allows me to work quickly and intuitively without a need for too much planning and measuring.I love to create imperfect shapes and forms that capture the essence of the flow and molten state the glass goes through during it’s firing.
The eventual outcome and look of a piece is determined by the extreme heat of the kiln. That release of control is an important part of how I work. I have a trust between my intention, physical process and ultimate outcome.
From Ware to Cornwall
After many years of teaching and selling my work, I opened my own gallery in the town of Ware, in Hertfordshire. Here you can find a good selection of my latest pieces as well as plenty of other artists work in a range of mediums.
In 2017, I moved 5 hours away with my family to Cornwall. I am now lucky enough to work from my garden studio, surrounded by trees and plants and the many visiting feathered friends.
My gallery and teaching workshop still runs in Hertfordshire with some very talented and hardworking staff (well, actually my fabulous friends and family!) who have made it possible to live and work so far away.