I started working with glass as a hobby about 25 years ago having previously worked as an optometrist. I began selling items about 20 years ago when my house became full of lamps and hangings and the walls were mirror strewn.
I am attracted to glass because of the beauty of its colours, textures and variety. I am particularly influenced by the designs of Louis Comfort Tiffany, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and Frank Lloyd Wright and other iconic names from the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods. It was Tiffany’s introduction of the copper foil technique for stained glass work which makes most of my work possible. The shaped glass is edged carefully with copper foil which will then allow the pieces to be soldered together resulting in much finer work than the use of strips of lead came permits.
Tiffany’s development of ‘favrile’ glass is also an inspiration to all who love glass and my frequent use of iridescent glass is probably as a result of this.
I will turn my hand to most types of design however but usually return to the stylised visions of nature so typical of the early part of the 20th century or the geometric designs of the Art Deco period. I particularly enjoy making decorative lamps or mirrors but over the years have also turned my hand to many other glass items.
I am now also producing fused glass items to add variety to my work. These include bowls, dishes, wall hangings, ornaments, and vases.
I work from home almost full time. I am a full craft member of the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen and take part in many of their exhibitions and I have permanent exhibits at their Home Gallery in Wells. I also take part in Somerset Art Weeks most years and The Ten Parishes Festival in Somerset. I sell items at the Wellington Arts Association Spectrum group exhibition each year and take part in other local ventures when possible. I currently have a permanent display at the exciting new cooperative gallery Somerset Crafts at Shapwick.
I am also a keen photographer and take all of the photographs of my work myself.
At many fairs I am currently exhibiting with another glass
artist Bern Sawle.
I can offer one day copper foil courses to one or two people at a time.