Why glass?

Glass is the medium which I didn’t know I had always been looking for – fused, painted, stained, leaded – love working with it all, though I haven’t yet tried glass blowing! It all started with evening classes with Judith Howells and my first piece, a leaf.  This marked a turning point for me, which is why I use a drawing of that leaf as my logo.

Before glass?

Maybe not relevant, but some people like to know what you did before!  I was a primary teacher in Essex for 14 years, until moving to Frome in 2009, which made it impossible to resist the creative urge any longer! I completed a diploma in interior design with the KLC School of Design, to specialise in residential properties.  I don’t actively work as an interior designer now, but I still have great interest in interiors and my training and experience help me to know what works in rooms with glass.

My (current) process?

I am on a journey of discovery with glass.  Discovering the versatility of glass powder and then glass enamel paint have been key moments in my development as an artist.  For nearly all pieces I now use clear glass as a starting point, which has dramatically reduced my waste.  Glass powder adds colour and tone, to which I can then add detail and depth with enamel paint.   This enables me to produce completely unique designs.  I particularly love using these pieces in larger leaded panels.

My inspiration?

So many things, places and people, but particularly the area I live in, on the edge of the rolling Mendip Hills. I spend hours walking with Ziggy my cocker spaniel, so don’t be surprised if you see leaves or trees in my designs. I also draw inspiration from some amazing travels over the years, including: Madagascar, Morocco, Peru, Sicily, Venice … hopefully lots more to come!

My home team?

Yes, wonderful, patient husband Greg, Ziggy and occasionally Millie the cat. I also have 3 brilliant grown up children who have helped me out a lot since starting my own business.

Upcoming events​

Winchester Craft in Focus

Friday 22nd November 12:00 - 18:00
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th November 10:00 - 17:00
Entry £5.
Limited number of complimentary tickets available from me.

Winchester Guild Hall
SO23 9GH

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