My work is created from recycled glass which is kiln formed and layered with colour and designs. Old glass can be difficult to work with due to the properties inside and I always try to get the best out of each piece by adapting my design work accordingly.
My drawings and photos are added both inside and on the surface of the glass along with precious metal leaf, glass pigments and enamels, all of which are fused into the layers. Due to the extreme heat in the kiln these materials alter in colour and texture so it is always interesting to see how a piece has changed after being fired for 24 hours.
Inspiration is found all around; in the countryside, the city, along the coast and even just in my back garden. If I'm not in my workshop, I am often out and about with my camera and sketch book finding new ideas to work on.
I use many techniques which take a long time to process and never know quite how the piece will be affected in the kiln so there is always an element of excitement and anticipation each time the lid is opened to peer inside.
By using recycled materials I know that every item will have a unique, and sometimes surprising, outcome.
I have completed many commissioned pieces both for corporate businesses and as personal requests for special occasions with items ranging from awards to jewellery, large bowls, wall art and sculptural pieces.
A wide range of my glass work can be found in -
Harding House Gallery, Steep Hill, Lincoln,
The Heritage Skills Centre, Lincoln Castle
Meander and Mooch Gallery, Carter Gate, Newark
The Farthing Gallery, Kenilworth, Warwickshire
My work is often displayed in various exhibitions with the Contemporary Crafts Network and I also sell many of my pieces in selected craft fairs and events.
Details of these can be found on the Events page.