My years in graphic design allowed me to develop skills in a wide range of creative processes and products, and enabled a natural and spontaneous move into glass. For me glass is the perfect medium, giving me creative and technical freedom and enabling me to create something tangible and enduring.
I am best known for my trademark glass cloth pieces which utilise the Venetian glass cane techniques. The canes are made by drawing molten glass into fine threads of no more than one or two millimetres. I use a painstaking process to bring these together, strand upon strand, and then fuse them in the kiln until they resemble sheets of woven fabric. These are then re-fired and shaped while hot by moulding, bending or draping, to become three-dimensional artworks ranging from free-standing sculptures to opulent bowls edged with gold.
Hot glass allows me to investigate and work in a more immediate and direct way with my chosen material, drawing inspiration from its molten state in order to produce unique and tactile vessels.