38 x 12 x 12 cm
glass in wooden base
Having gained a BAhons in 3D design in Glass at Wolverhampton University I embarked on a number of ventures, all looking to advance mould making and glass casting, until I joined forces with Amanda Brisbane at her glass studio in Ludlow in 2003 – just 30 miles down the road from where I grew up in Herefordshire.
The decade of working with glass across the globe; improving my abilities with moulds – creating textures and formers for mark making – ultimately allowed me to continue on to launch my own style of glass sculpture, employing these skills in a slightly different way, using the same mark making skills of sand casting but with clay as the host canvas, and sheet glass instead of molten glass, allowing me greater control over the fine details and negative space.
I allow the materials I use to lead me – the clay forms the background shape generated by the unevenness of the clay itself as it is flattened – making each piece individual. Knowing when to stop shaping the piece, and smooth out the top surface ready for the detail and design to be created is crucial.
Inspiration for my sculptures comes from almost everywhere. It can be a flower design in lace on a dress, a sunrise, a cloud formation, butterflies flying from plant to plant, a beautiful view. If it has form, colour, a movement that interests me, it could be absorbed into my work.
This is a very organic process – allowing me to create completely unique sculptures each and every time. Due to the nature of glass and my design process I also never know when a series of happy accidents are going to result in the most attractive effect that is a complete one off, captured within the glass, never to be recreated in quite the same way again.