I am particularly fascinated by how light, reflection and stretching the glass can change the colours and patterns in my work.
My interest in glass began about fifteen years ago, after buying a plate from an artist who ran courses in fusing glass. After that, I was hooked. I moved on to study at the University of Hertfordshire and have been experimenting with fusing and slumping glass ever since. However, approaching the subject as a scientist can have its drawbacks.
In my formal training as a chemist, I strove for consistency and reproducibility but have learnt that this can also lead to frustration, as many of the changes which occur during fusing are unpredictable, so the whole process is really a kind of alchemy. This is also what makes it so exciting!
In my work I use inclusions such as metal leaf, metal foils and wire, along with metal oxides, powdered coloured glass and enamels. I am particularly fascinated by how light and reflection can change the colours in my work. I draw my inspiration from the natural world such as the movement of water, the flames of an open fire and the plants and seed heads in the surrounding hedgerows . I am currently developing a collection of work using small drop out moulds which use gravity to stretch and alter the glass design while in the kiln.