Graphic designer, nature lover, glass artist.
I make fused glass decorative items based on the birds and wildlife seen around my garden studio. I consider my glass to be 'design lead', by that I mean that every piece starts as a drawing from life, then becomes a line and a cutting plan. I make several test pieces before going into production. I like designing a range of items with a clear theme, that I can expand.
A lot of my work involves painting with enamels as medieval stained glass arts did. I often work in layers, sometimes this is concealed by the heat of the kiln other times left and used as a feature. I have developed my own style and apply that to nature based subject matter. My best selling item recently has been a fused glass hanging blue tit.
I enjoy working with bright colours but also conversely appreciate the absence of colour. I enjoy the brightness of my nature based work but am working on a series of clear butterflies now that I call 'ghost butterflies'.
I appreciate hard shiny glass with other softer materials, such as hard woods and driftwood. I think the latter works particularly well. I have also enjoyed adding glass to sterling silver and copper work. It works with everything!
During lockdown I created new work and joined various online groups and fairs. I also set up a Folksy shop to add to my Etsy shop. I sell via retail shops too and attend fairs when able.
I feel incredibly lucky that I can work at doing what I love and expressing myself everyday!