My work is created from recycled glass layered with colour and designs and then kiln formed. Old glass can be difficult to work with due to the different properties inside and I try to get the best out of each piece by adapting each piece accordingly.
My drawings and photos are fused both inside and onto the surface of the glass along with inclusions such as precious metal leaf, glass pigments and enamels. The materials alter in colour and texture in the extreme heat of the kiln and every piece can take several firings as I add more detail so it's interesting to see how they are affected.
Inspiration is found all around; in the countryside, the city, along the coast or even just in my back garden. A love of old and unwanted items also blends into my work as I reference vintage items such as broken clocks or ancient books with intriguing titles. If I'm not in my workshop or working on my designs I am often out with my camera and sketch book finding new ideas.
I use many techniques, and do several tests when using different types of glass, which take a long time to process . However, it is always exciting when I open the lid to peer inside in the kiln as using recycled materials means that every item will have a unique, and sometimes surprising, outcome.
I have completed many commissioned pieces for corporate businesses, universities and as personal requests for special occasions.
A wide range of my glass work can be found in -
Harding House Gallery, Steep Hill, Lincoln,
Meander and Mooch Gallery, Carter Gate, Newark
The Farthing Gallery, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
I also sell my work in selected craft fairs and events.
Details of these can be found on the Events page.