I was born on the Isle of Wight. My family moved a number of times, travelling north along the East Coast of England, finally settling in Aberdeen for a while. That was where I graduated from Gray’s School of Art, in 1994, specializing in sculpture. My final Artwork, produced for my Degree show in 1994 was deeply concerned with pattern forming, studies of sacred geometry and symmetry. I have kept a key interest into exploring those areas in my artwork throughout my career.
In 1996 I pursued my interest in glass and worked in stained glass studios in Scotland. In 2001, I moved to Timperley in Cheshire, and spent two years perfecting my glass making technical abilities. In 2003, I set up my business producing traditional glass craft and kiln-formed glass art. Since then I have developed an extensive portfolio of contemporary glassware, including items such as Glass Bowls, Glass Platters, Wall Art and more recently kiln-formed Glass Vases. I have also enjoyed creating many exciting glass commissions, details of which are available upon request. My range of kiln-fused glass is constantly evolving and my current collection of work is concerned strongly with pattern forming. You can see some examples of these in my gallery HERE. Please note the examples shown are not exhaustive of what I can do and I welcome new challenges. Contact me if you are interested in commissioning your own handmade glass art.
For many years I have had an interest in sacred geometry and in particular the meditation symbols known as mandalas. Mandalas contain many of the principles important in the esoteric geometry, utilised by craftsmen for centuries in the design of cathedrals and stained glass windows, to give but one example. This interest is realised in my latest range of work, where I bring the essence of mandalas into the patterns present within each individual handmade piece of glassware. The techniques I use are similar to mosaic work, each individual point of colour is an individual piece of glass arranged in a manner which produces a kaleidoscopic, op-art effect. The combination of colours that I carefully choose is designed to complement the pattern that is formed within the glass, although sometimes the colours need to contrast to show off the pattern to its best advantage.
Each piece of work is carefully and laboriously constructed by cold working with the glass, and consequently fired in a kiln. Each piece is then formed utilising a variety of cold working glass techniques, and re-fired up to three more times to ensure each piece achieves the best quality finish, and to enhance the quality of the glassware I produce even further. This complex way with which each piece is handmade also ensures that each piece of glass that I manufacture is a unique work of glass art.
Visit the GALLERY to view a selection of my work, or come and meet me at one of my EVENTS to see the full range of current work available, displayed, ready to find a new home. If you have any inquiries regarding my work, please do not hesitate to CONTACT ME.