I grew up in Reading Berkshire and from an arts and medical background the chance discovery of contemporary glass design changed my direction.
Through workshops, a year's course in Bristol, masterclasses and a mentorship I learnt the basics of various skills and techniques.
I now have my own studio and workshop in south Wiltshire where I design kiln formed glass. These designs take the shape of wall panels, free standing sculptures and external installations. My pieces can be seen in various UK galleries and sculpture gardens and I have private clients worldwide.
With glass my imagination is captured as each piece is unique and of the moment. The material incorporates fluidity, beauty and reflection. It can be flamboyant and subtle, controlled yet contrary but always seductive. Glass has a magical element.
Deciding what to create is both personal and intuitive resulting from experiences, encounters with the natural world and the need to communicate. This sometimes surprises me but I need to keep challenging myself. To create is not a choice, it is part of my spirit.
My main influence is nature, especially water, ice, the sea, and all marine associations. Earth and evolutionary patterns are particularly interesting as they provide a gallery of ingenious designs from animals to plants, landforms to the stars.
Conservation is a driving force and moving forward I aim to create pieces that have a message. The ideas and things I want to portray are bigger than me. They are complex and will require a certain way of thinking and presenting. Experimentation takes time but I want to push the boundaries and see what my conversations with glass can achieve. What’s yet to be?
Contemporary Glass Society
Cotswold Sculptors Association
Plain Arts Salisbury
Salisbury Arts Scene
Valley Forge – East Knoyle Wiltshire
Melbury Stone – Melbury Farm Shaftesbury Wiltshire
M & M design and metalwork