I create kiln formed glass art & original prints inspired by the natural world, especially the seaside & landscapes.
Kiln formed glass art
I love glass. I love that I can create different textures & effects in my artwork, depending on the glass, inclusions & temperature in the kiln. I love to take the techniques that I have learnt & adapt them into my designs. I still get excited in anticipation of opening the kiln to see what has been created after the kiln firing has finished. I love seeing how the light moves through each finished piece.
I am glass artist based in Stony Stratford, Buckinghamshire.
I first met glass at a stained glass workshop around 2010 & loved how the light reflected through the glass. I appreciate that there are many wonderful stained glass art pieces around the world, but I felt 'restricted' by (my perception of) the limited outcomes. I then attended a kiln formed workshop to make some glass coasters. I was hooked! I saw the possibilities of creating different effects & textures with the glass. I retired from corporate life in 2016 & immediately bought a kiln. Since then I have been designing & creating glass art in my home studio.
I have been lucky enough to have been tutored by a number of internationally known artists, including Bob Leatherbarrow, Alison Lowry, Saman Kalantari & Silvia Levenson.
I have also started exploring the fascinating artistic process of printmaking; but glass remains my primary medium. I hope to continue to develop my printmaking techniques & explore ways to include printmaking into my glass designs.
I enjoy being part of the creative community too. Here are some of the organisations that I am part of:
Visual Images Group (organisers of Bucks Art Weeks, an annual event across Buckinghamshire) - member & Chair.
Made in Stony - cofounder, member & Chair.
Buckingham Art for All (BAFA) - member.
HOT NEWS.... I am very proud to advise that I have accepted into the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild. The Guild is set up to promote the best in designer & applied contemporary crafts in Buckinghamshire.
Printmaking is the artistic process of creating pictures or designs by printing them from specifically prepared plates or blocks onto a surface.
I create original prints using my own handcrafted plates which I print from, mostly, using a hand pulled press. I design & handcraft my plates from different materials; I love to create the illusion of different textures into my pictures. I sometimes include part of a spent plate into my design to create a mixed media picture.