Gillian set up the Strawberry Glass studio in 2008 and undertakes commissions as well as running a busy programme of workshops.
In 2012, having taught Art and D&T for 15yrs, I decided to change direction and focus on my own creativity. I have worked with ceramics for 20yrs but only in the last 2yrs started to develop my skills with glass. I am interested in combining materials and craft skills.
I am a Design Crafts graduate, specializing in glass blowing. Since exploring a wide range of materials I chose to take glass further as it was immediately appealing to me, especially hot glass because I enjoy the physicality of it.
The fluidity of the material gives me the opportunity to push my ideas into an enhanced conceptual final design.
Glass is a material which allows me to exploit the aesthetic potential of Light. Minimal structures, support simple arrangements of glass, which interact with light to create complex kinetic patterns of light and shade. My work aims to reveal the wonder and true magic of the phenomenon of light.