My business began in 2005 designing the colourful, vibrant, eye-catching jewellery which I still create and hand make today. The specific glass used is called Dichroic which has a striking colour shift, and combining complimentary colours I fuse and cold-work the glass to my unique designs.
I am a founder member of Made in Shropshire.
For my glass landscapes I use an amalgamation of transparent and opalescent sheet glass, hand-made rolled glass, frits (small pieces varying in size) and powdered glass. I look for chemical reactions between certain colours which gives an unpredictability to the outcome. I build the artworks in layers which then have several firings followed by cold-working to remove the ‘shiny’ aspect of glass. I feel this reveals an extra depth to detail and colour, leaving a weathered texture.
I attained a BA Honours degree in Three-Dimensional Design in 1986 from Bristol Polytechnic. Having worked in exhibition design, graphics and marketing in an employed and self-employed basis for nearly 20 years, I returned to my roots in 2004 to follow 3-D design. After studying Applied Arts at NEWI, North Wales I started my ‘second career’ in glass. My workshop is based in Wem, North Shropshire not far from the Welsh border. It is this beautiful countryside, as well as the Welsh coastline of Pembrokeshire, that are a constant inspiration – living within allows the ambience of the natural world seep inward.
I supply shops and galleries both locally and around the country, as well as selling at the Made in Shropshire markets. Please visit my website to find a list of outlets.