I graduated from Glasgow School of Art with a BA Hons in Silversmithing and Jewellery in 1990 and have been making jewellery to commission since moving to Whitstable, Kent in 1999. I am a member of Made in Whitstable, an online social network resource for local creatives. We exhibit regularly as a group at the Horsebridge Gallery and Harbour Market in Whitstable.
After many years creating monochrome silver jewellery, then experimenting with glass powders to introduce colour by enamelling, my fascination with the beautiful properties of glass led to a kiln acquisition which allowed me to pursue my fascination with fused glass on a larger scale. I love living by the seaside and make all my creations in my garden workshop where I have also been running regular glass fusing workshops since November 2012.
I draw my inspiration mainly from nature and am as likely to be found in my garden as my workshop where I often use plants as a starting point for my designs. Regular walks by the sea also provide inspiration and never fail to lift my spirits. My work utilises a wide colour palette with the gorgeous addition of dichroic glass for its fantastic reflective properties. It changes constantly as it moves in different lighting conditions and is notoriously difficult to capture in photographs. Kiln fused glass has a beautiful, natural fluid quality and I believe any irregularities and air bubbles add to the charm of the material.
Each design I produce is unique. I can make similar items with different colour schemes but the glass fusing process means every piece is different. I begin by cutting each design by hand and an item will often consist of many layers and firings to achieve sufficient depth of colour and pattern.
Recently I’ve been focusing my attention on flame working where I manipulate glass with my torch. I’m captivated by creating hollow forms and am trying to master blowing small scale bubbles for delicate jewellery items.
My work is available to purchase online at my Folksy shop.