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I work with hot glass and cold working techniques and my pieces are sculptural. I like to play with the interior of a blown form creating a hidden world into which you need to look deeper to discover detail. I study at Wolverhampton University on an MA in Design and Applied Arts.
I look at a sheet of glass and listen. There is always a story to hear. Sometimes, when the glass is dark and sleek, it could be about a dangerous crawling snake. Sometimes, when it’s flowing and fresh, it’s about a forest in spring.
But glass always has to talk first. After all, it will have the last word as well (as the years of kiln disasters taught me : -)). I let the material tell me about my next project and only ever so slightly add my own thoughts to it.
The stories are always complex and intricate. So are my designs. I like to mix the rough and edgy texture of the frit with smooth and shiny pieces of glass. Reminding me of the contrasting nature of everything else around.
Having been working as a painter for over 30 years, I came to glass 8 years ago while exploring materials that would enable me to extend and develop my practice. In particular I wanted to find ways to make work with more conceptual content. The dialogue which occurs between the contemporary and the traditional, art and science which is integral to working with glass is a constant inspiration.