I work with both soft and borosilicate glass, combining lampworking and other techniques to create a variety of sculptural pieces and jewellery.
Both my jewellery and my sculptural work is inspired by words, stories, poetry, dreams and thoughts. Each piece has its own history or background, and is looking to evoke a memory or thought in the viewer.
Following an Arts Council Grant, between 2012 and 2014, I will be creating twelve glass sculptures to be temporarily installed and to complement twelve architectural and garden follies all over England. The project, “Follies for Follies”, seeks to draw attention to the history of follies, as well as to the need of some folly and whimsy in our lives. If you are interested in visiting one of the ‘follifications’, please check the Events tab for details.
My work has been published and exhibited through a number of galleries both in the UK and abroad. I am a qualified teacher and teach both glass bead making and sculptural lampworking from my studio north of Sheffield, just on the edge of the Peak District.
Lampworking (or flameworking) means the manipulation of glass using a torch – these could be either glass tubes (for blowing), or glass rods for other sculptural work. The glass is molten and then shaped, using a variety of tools, as well as gravity.
There are various types of glass, each with their own characteristics, such as the rate with which it expands and contracts with heat (COE) - these cannot be mixed together, since the internal stresses resulting from different expansions would result in cracks. To further avoid thermal damage, the works are annealed in a digitally controlled kiln to maximise their strength and reduce internal stress.
Photo Credit: Simon Bruntnell