I am a Leeds-based kiln-formed glass artist. Much of my work is about life, energy and movement. I am passionate about life, about living it to the full. I want my audience to engage my work in the same way – to indulge their senses, to feel, touch, delight and be stimulated. I am intrigued by the effects of light on the hues and tones of the world around me. Using glass as an artistic medium allows me to work with light, manipulating its reflection, refraction and transmission through texture and form. Drawing inspiration from music and nature, I transpose the vigour and movement of this world into the rhythms and patterns within my work.
Reminiscing the rich history of the weaving and cotton industries of Yorkshire and their relationship with the land, waters and people, my Weaved Glass collection explores the interconnectedness, ebb and flow, strength and fragility of life. Fine stripes of glass are hand-tinted with gold, silver, copper, bronze metal and mica powder and fine glass powder to create subtle colouration before woven together (over and under). The glass is then slumped under heat and gravity to into organic forms that mimic the fluidity and softness of woven fabric.
My Symphony collection is a collection of original wall art pieces (2D) and 3D objets where I transpose the everychanging seasons and light on the enchanting Yorkshire landscape into the rhythms and patterns within my work. Fine strips of glass are hand cut, juxtaposed, layered to build up texture and create depth as painters would with paints on canvas. The collage is then kiln-fired to create a symphony of light, colour and texture.
I have exhibited in Ilkley Art Trail 2012, Saltaire Arts Festival, Art in the Pen, Newcastle Gateshead Art Fair, Headingley Arts Trail, Holmfirth Art Markets, Cambridge Glass Fair, Leeds Art Fair, Battersea Contemporary Art Fair, etc.