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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.
After graduating in 1968, I worked with blown glass until 2004. I used a method of application in which flat compositions of coloured glass powders and drawn threads were picked up from the marver and sandwiched between layers of clear glass prior to blowing. My approach was painterly and themes were frequently stimulated by nature, views of landscapes, sails seen against the sea and sky, always exploring colour and light. In 2005 I started working with the kiln, making wall panels. Imagery involved visual ambiguity - semi-abstract architectural elements, or close-ups of randomly arranged workaday artefacts in dramatic light. Since 2012 I have been working in other graphic media including photography, with a similar visual approach.
I studied ceramics at Glasgow School of Art in the 80s, however due to other commitments I didn't get the opportunity to set up a pottery. Some years later while working at The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh I took up stained glass making and continued working in glass after moving to Hornby in Lancashire. There I took a further course at Dallam School in stained glass. This was followed by an introduction to fused glass, working again with a kiln. I now have a small studio at my home in Hornby.