Catherine is a contemporary applied artist, specialising in kiln fused glass and sandblasting. She comes from a small rural village in Hertfordshire. Her work is inspired by the love for her home, and the natural landscape around her.
She fuses multiple layers of hand drawn images on to glass and etches into the surface, experimenting with the transparency and clarity of vision. She enjoys manipulating the surface qualities of glass, by using etching techniques, to accentuate features and establish more texture and depth within her work. Catherine creates glass for interiors, integrating the beauty of the landscape within the home; from small personalised etched pieces, to larger fused glass panels.
Originally a biochemist Chrissie re-discovered the challenge of experimentation with fused glass, silver stain and enamels. During her recent studies at Glyndwr University, Chrissie used hand-cut coloured glass or sandblasted float glass to translate the similarities between water and glass. Her sculptural forms are displayed in gardens, backlit with solar LEDs.
After more than 30 years in science & engineering, I started learning about kiln formed glass in 2008. I am self-taught, through reading, experiment, mistakes and practice. My approach is to make designs that are functional and useful, as well as beautiful.
Bowls are my favourite form. I like their appearance and feel. They are useful and they make the most of the wonderful colours of glass. We use a number of bowls I have made around our house as dessert dishes and fruit bowls. I also make plates and coasters and have designed and fabricated leaded glass windows for our house.
Laura specialises in contemporary hand blown glass combined with copper. With the two materials she designs and makes decorative and sculptural collections of work. Inspiration comes from the underwater landscape and the combination of the manmade and nature, looking at objects such as buoys, bottles or even disused oil platforms and how they become a habitat for nature to grow.