I have a degree in silversmithing, been a high school art teacher in the UK, curator for an art gallery in Bangkok, an artist in residence in Singapore and worked for various NGOs while living in Africa and Asia. I have always found the time to paint, draw and make.
I was taught flamework by Micah Lamar in 'Hoglund' glass studio, New Zealand in early 2006, and it rapidly became my primary medium. From 1999 to 2009 we lived overseas and I had home studios, demonstrated, taught, and exhibited in Thailand and Singapore. Returning to the UK in 2010 I have gone on to set up a flamework studio in a re-purposed barn with three torch stations. I am a member of The Suffolk Craft Society.
Working with glass is a synthesis of powerful elements, colour, light, fire and a medium that moves rapidly between liquid and solid states. It is an ancient skill that continues to inspire new forms of expression. Each element is made in the moment, it is an uniquely absorbing and immediate craft.
I design, create and assemble all my flamework glass sculptures and jewellery entirely myself. As an artist and maker I'm engaged in approaching the universal through the particular. I do not mass produce.
The glass and the processes I use are of a quality chosen to extend the lifespan and beauty of my work. I kiln anneal and hand clean all my glass. Annealing soaks the glass at 960 degrees then cools it gradually over ten hours, reducing the chance of stress fractures and strengthening the glass.
During Suffolk Open Studios each weekend in the month of June at my studio.
I am a member of The Suffolk Craft Society
Visits can also be made by appointment. I have work in progress, for sale and am happy to work to commission. I open my studio for demonstrations to groups of up to six.
You will find a range of my glass at Great Walsingham Gallery, where you will also find changing exhibitions of art and applied arts, bespoke framing for mirrors, paintings and prints.
I take part in exhibitions throughout the year, details of upcoming exhibitions can be found here.