I learned to cast glass with Fiaz Elson at the Liquid Glass Centre near Trowbridge, Wiltshire and at her studio in Stroud, Gloucestershire. More recently I have taken courses with internationally renowned artists Richard Whiteley at Bullseye Glass in Santa Fe, USA and with Anna Matouskova at Northlands Creative Glass in Scotland, and am continuing to learn new techniques and approaches to glass casting at RACC with Max Jacquard. My practice is based at the The Light Factory in North West London. I am a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and Vice Chair of Just Glass.
Working with glass I can play with light in ways that are rarely possible in other media; with glass I can create surfaces that reflect the light, transmit it straight through or stop it in its tracks. I can consider not only the external appearance of the piece but also how it works from the inside, viewed through the glass. My pieces are designed to bounce light in different ways to emphasise the luminance and transparency of the material.
Varied and multiple textures are also very important in my work. I like to contrast matt, satin and hand-textured surfaces with highly polished planes. Glass is often presented as a hard, unyielding medium but my work aims to illustrate that glass can have the tactility and malleability of softer, more supple materials. When people see my work, I want them to want to touch it....
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