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.
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.
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.
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