A half-minute walk from the house to my studio where the glass sits quietly glinting, calling. The table is set out, ready, cleared from yesterday’s frantic rush to load the kiln. I stand at the bench…..on my right the glass cutter, pliers, tweezers, spoons, sieve, pen and ruler. On my left assorted pots of powder and ground glass, stencils, enamels, feathers and silver leaf. I pick up my cutter, take a breath and make the first scratch.
Using the heat of the kiln to manipulate glass in its variety of forms – sheet, powder, enamel – and taking it through a multitude of firing schedules I create windows onto worlds. They are landscapes inspired directly by the local area – from the Ceredigion/Carmarthenshire border where I live down to the coastal park in Pembrokeshire.
I live and work near Newcastle Emlyn in west Wales, surrounded by fields, woods and big skies, close to Cardigan Bay, the Teifi and Towy rivers, the hills of the Preselis – Carningli, Foel Drygarn, Carn Menyn. Endless skyline inspiration. That line which defines the space, defines the vastness of the landscape. The edge of the broad vista. The balance of boundaries, the line between worlds.
Layers of colour, paint, pattern, texture and print make up each window, often incorporating organic matter such as feathers or leaves. Lose yourself in the landscape, feel the wind on your face, inhale the sea’s breath, hear the raven call.