My Work

Based in Surrey, my Flame-working studio is at the bottom of my Garden in a purpose built log cabin. Here I spend my time playing with fire and molten glass!

I rent Stourbridge Glassblowing Studio to make my blown work. My friends and colleagues Christiaan D. Maas and Ian Bamforth work with me to create my pieces.

The Journey so Far…

Since leaving University in 2009, specialising in blown glass, I went on to study at Bournemouth and Poole College on the Hot Glass Techniques Course. This introduced colour to my blown work.

I went on to complete an informal voluntary apprenticeship with a Borosilicate glass maker for 18 months. Here I was taught the basics of shaping solid glass into various shapes to make droplets, pointed droplets and leaves and some basic insects using a pre-mix oxygen/propane pre-mix torch.

Since then I have taken several courses, downloaded tutorials from various artists and bought videos from others to help develop my designs in flame-working.

In January 2016 I will be travelling to Corning Museum of Glass to learn from Suellen Fowler. She is the considered the foremost practitioner of “off-hand” lamp-working.

I received funding from the Princes Trust Enterprise Programme in 2012 and have grown my business successfully since then.

 

Techniques:

Flame-working

I use a specialist surface mix oxygen and propane torch to create my small sculptures and jewellery. By melting different sized and coloured rods in the flame, using a few simple tools, gravity and centrifugal forces I can make a variety of forms from this technique.

The glass I use is Borosilicate glass it has a very low expansion and contraction rate (coe) which makes work made from it a lot stronger than it looks, my work is then cooled (annealed) in a temperature controlled kiln overnight for lasting strength and durability.

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Glass blowing

I usually begin a piece by mixing three solid glass colours on a hollow blowing iron, I will then cover this in a layer of clear glass using wooden blocks and a wet newspaper pad I will then shape it and blow into a round bubble.

Once I have got to the desired size I create a deformation in the bubble that will remain within the piece. I then cover this with another layer of clear glass, shaping and expanding the bubble until the desired form is achieved. It is then transferred to a solid iron and I begin work on the top of the piece. Once I am happy with it, it goes away into a kiln to cool slowly.

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Inspirations

I am greatly inspired by nature, its growth and renewal, it all seems so magical to me, which is probably why I have such a fascination with faerie creatures and mythological beasts.