My work is created from recycled glass which I layer with colour and designs and then kiln form. Old glass can be difficult to use due to the different properties inside so 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 - 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 finding new ideas with my camera and sketch book.
I use many techniques which take a long time to process and it is always exciting when I open the lid to peer inside in the kiln as every item will have a unique, and sometimes surprising, outcome.
I have completed commissioned pieces for corporate businesses, universities,
and for personal special occasions.
I also sell my work in selected galleries, craft fairs and events.
Details of these can be found on the Events page.