Working with kiln-fired glass is both rewarding and challenging. The process is quite physical in that it involves measuring, cutting, grinding and firing and this, coupled with the unpredictability of the final outcome, is what makes it such an appealing and absorbing activity.
For the last thirty five years I have had a dual career of builder and glass blower. I have always hoped I would die at the glory hole but now that seems unlikely. The price of gas has gone through the roof and rightly so. Currently I am on sabbatical and am an elderly but full time builder.
Working from Rogue Artists Studios in central Manchester, Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell are specialists in large-scale, largely glass, installations. They create work the within the urban landscape where the art work becomes part of people's daily life.The last few years have seen them winning a number of public art competitions in London and Manchester, such as the foyer for Arlington House, Camden; the Poetry Discs and Ice Box; and the Summer Glass House in St Mary's Hospital, which they have since used as this site for ongoing 'Pop-up' exhibitions. Increasingly their interest is in working collaboratively with other practitioners, across disciplines, on artist-led projects.As consultants, they have built up an artist database for arts agent ArtForArchitecture, and have developed and facilitated an engagement art project 'Making This Home' on the Johnson Fold estate in Bolton. Their work was awarded Arts Council funding in 2004 and 2006 as well as Arts and Business funding the same years. Since then they have continued to build a reputation for producing innovative, permanent work and devising ever more imaginative ways for people to engage with it.
Belinda has been working as an artist for over 50 years. She has worked in 3 D and latterly she has become passionate about cast glass. She is exhibiting in FreshAir in Quennington in 2013
I spent over ten years working as a freelance portrait/reportage photographer before studying at Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design where I graduated in Glass and Fine Art and Glass and Architecture.
I undertake private commissions at my workshop in East London and work part time as head designer at Lead & Light Studios.