About

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Like many Glass Artists I started my craft experience in the world of Clay at school & despite my determination to be the next Bernard Leach, I was encouraged to try other artistic mediums to broaden my mind & experience

Although an unwilling participant, I ventured out into the world of Arts & Crafts to do some wholly forgettable courses, before remembering a childhood visit to the Dartington Crystal Factory to watch Glassblowing. I set about searching for small courses & found one with Norman Stuart-Clarke, in Cornwall. I was mesmerised with this new & exciting material & clay was almost completely forgotten about.

Although, a three year Apprenticeship was offered, it was not going to be financially viable, so, it didn’t come into fruition. I was determined to be a Glassmaker, so took up a voluntary position, at The Glasshouse, in Covent Garden.

Higher Education followed & various jobs here & in New Zealand. I now live & work on the edge of The Peak District, in Derbyshire.

In 2015 I decided it was too much of a struggle to do a full-time job as well as my glassmaking & shows in my holidays, often missing opportunities due to the limitations of availability. So in 2016 I jettisoned the full-time job & am now wholly concentrating on my glass business, expanding my gallery numbers & shows, without the constraints I previously had.

Inspirations:

I draw upon many influences, in the creation of my glassware, from the broad spectrum of the Arts, my own photography, to everyday objects & experiences.

When I set out to design a new range, I usually have a set of colour combinations in mind. I often try to visualise what they will look like in my head, and jot down notes, about possible colours & techniques. Unfortunately, ideas that worked in your brain, or on paper, often look considerably different in the glass medium; So, I will try some of these ideas out, and keep altering it, until, I get the desired effect. Sometimes, it is the happy accidents that spark off the best idea.

My latest works from the Sea Shore ranges, which are continuing to evolve, were influenced by my childhood outings in East Sussex, where we used to walk for hours over the South Downs & coastal valleys to the sea, with Cuckmere being a firm favourite. I wanted to try to capture the flint & cobbled beaches of this area in an abstract beachside landscape.

Being unable to decide between two designs as which one to make, I tested the market with both & found each sold as well as the other, so kept both designs, ‘Flint’ & ‘Waves’. Since then there have been hybrids & different coloured backgrounds, with some being more successful than others.

All pieces are ground by hand, and each stopper is made for an individual bottle. If the sandblasted pieces should lose their sheen, I suggest buffing them with a cotton cloth (not a duster) and a very little WD40 (use sparingly).

I hope the piece of my Glassware you bought brings you lots of enjoyment.

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