Ever since I was about 6, when I found some twisted pieces of window glass on the site of a house fire, I have been fascinated by glass. It was never really at the forefront of my thoughts, just sitting in the background waiting - and then I discovered you could actually study glass making. Having graduated from UCCA, Farnham with a BA Hons (1st class) in 3 Dimensional Design in Glass there is no turning back, I am well and truly hooked!

Glass - it's history, the different qualities it can have, and how it no longer holds our attention because we are constantly surrounded by it; these are areas that have been of interest and enquiry for a number of years now. One aspect of my work that continues to grow stronger is the desire to make glass special again. It is used all the time but how often do people actually notice it? As an artist and a craftsperson I am interested in both our relationships with vessels and with memory and emotions and how they are intrinsically linked with human nature. My intention is that by producing simple yet delicate pieces, I can provoke a heightened awareness of how invisible the everyday object has become. I also allude to the fragility that memories and emotions can induce while at the same time indicating, via the circular nature of my forms, the enduring internal strength that enables you to continue.

I create delicate, unique pieces using the lost wax casting method, which has enabled me to draw attention to the glass in unusual ways. Irregular edges to rims, textures on the inside rather than the outside and a thinness that is rarely encountered all help to highlight the objects I creates. An important part of my work is the way I make the models. I almost treat the waxes like hot glass, working them fast and as hot as possible. This way I am able to infuse into them a sense of spontaneity and energy more akin to glass blowing than lost wax casting.

There are many glass artists using lost wax casting to produce sculptural objects but I engage the public through everyday objects. I make vessels, not always for use but as a statement about how we value objects differently now and to try and get the viewer to understand the nature of what we are. My aim, through my work, is also to show people just what a wonderful, versatile material glass can be and that it should be enjoyed rather than ignored.


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