In a former life I spent 20 years in Hospital Pharmacy, then I decided I needed a new challenge and completed an unrelated degree course. After this I stumbled upon my creative passion whilst seeking a minimal piece of glass for my home. As a child I remember gazing longingly at my Mother’s colourful glass animal collection, but had never considered it as something I could make myself.
I now work from my home near Norwich making a small range of fused glass products. I am self taught and all my glass is designed, cut and finished by hand. I adore the tactile nature and multidimensional beauty that fused glass offers and my love of colour and simplicity are the key inspirations for my work.
The added beauty of handmade is that every piece truly is unique. Products made with two layers of glass will also have characteristic little ‘champagne’ bubbles trapped between the layers of glass which further enhance the the individuality of every piece. As such each product will differ slightly from the photographs, all sizes given are approximate and there may be tiny imperfections present. Additionally, whilst care has been taken to ensure the photographs are representative of the true colours please bear in mind the possible variants of different viewing devices and screen settings.
A number of different techniques and processes are used to form the designs. The main process involves specialist art glass cut by hand and layered before being fired in the kiln for approximately 18 hours at temperatures up to approximately 800 degrees centigrade. It is heated through a series of ramps (rapid heating) and soaks (holding at specific temperatures) in order to melt and fuse the glass together, then cooled slowly to anneal the glass fully. This process also ensures the strength and stability of the glass. Some pieces are fired multiple times using different firing schedules in order to achieve the desired depth of colour, texture and/or shape.