Despite gaining a degree in Environmental Science at 21, I soon realised that I was more creatively inclined than academic. I began exploring various artistic media until presented with a box of stained glass cullet. Entranced by the beautiful colours and dancing light, I became absorbed, and after some initial self-tuition, was taken on as an apprentice to Bristol Blue Stained Glass Studios in 1995. After a year of learning basic techniques of cutting and lead work, I went on to work for the newly established Aqua Studios in Bath. Here, I undertook the designing and making of mirrors and panels for the shop.
After the arrival of a baby in 1997, I settled in Cornwall, from where I continued to work for Bath Aqua. After taking on an open local studio I gradually begun selling my own work in local galleries and undertaking small commissions.
Frustrated with the limitations and 'heaviness' of lead, I begun exploring other techniques, such as sandblasting, to add dimension and texture to the glass surface, and UV bonding and lamination in order to leave lead out altogether. After much trial and error, lack of equipment, and in need of some practical advice, I was fortunate to be able to take part in the first year degree course at Swansea Architectural Glass Department to further my development.
Back in Cornwall, I am continuing to build up a solo business, producing bespoke pieces for commission and gallery sale.
I am currently focusing on the production of a range of wall-mountable and back-lit panels. I have just begun a placement at Falmouth College of Arts, to research and develop this next move.
Date of Birth: 05/05/72
Awards: 2000 - Prince Trust Bursary
2001 - Bodmin Hospital, Cornwall. Six panels for waiting area and two panels for the chapel.
2003 - Redruth Hospital, Cornwall. Two panels for entrance foyer.
2003 - 07 Numerous panels and windows for private houses
2007 - About to embark on two windows for West Flegg Middle School, Great Yarmouth.
1990 -93 University of North London. BSc Hons Degree - Environmental Science.
1995 -96 Bristol Blue Stained Glass Studios. Apprenticeship training
2003 - 04 Architectural Glass Department, Swansea. Practical training
2004 Bristol School of Art. Screen-printing course
2000 - 2007 All showcase exhibitions with Cornwall Crafts Association.
2006 - Hiidden Art Curated, Godolphin House, Cornwall
Travel: Nationally, Yes Internationally, Yes
Surrounded by the sea and countryside, I draw upon some of the more subtle aspects of the environment. In an effort to combat the clutter of everyday life, I create simple designs free from complication. Using mouth blown stained glass, renowned for its beautiful range of hues and dancing textures, I use mainly blues and greens, balancing the colours so they can simply speak for themselves. Although I employ traditional lead working methods in some pieces, I prefer to leave it out, instead trapping coloured glass between clear sheets, either by sandwiching or UV bonding, to create a sense of weightlessness. The addition of etched organic themes on the glass surface adds dimension and interest. My work is essentially about being aesthetically pleasing, rather than conveying a conceptual message.
Studio visits are welcome.
Once approached by a prospective client, I arrange a visit to my studio and, when necessary, visit the location armed with portfolio. Design ideas and themes, colours and various techniques are discussed, as well as costs, client’s budget and time scales. If the commission is for a window I will take measurements and photographs.
I will then go and make some sketches (usually to 1:4 scale), and present these along with colour samples. If a sandblasted theme is required, I may take pictures of the surrounding environment to use as source material. Once a decision is made, I may, if necessary, draw a full scale design for final approval and a chance to make final adjustments. Making can then proceed. Once finished, I employ a glazier to do the installation, if fitting into a window space. Independently hanging pieces are framed by a framer in lime waxed ash frames. Other display options are available and would be discussed at the start.
My work is priced from £100 to £250 per square foot, depending upon complexity of design and techniques used. Additional costs of packing and delivery, as well as installation, depend on size of work and distance of location.
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