Member Directory: M
Having retired from a varied career in planning and conservation I entered the exciting world of glass art and set up my studio in 2009. I work from Penarth, on the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan where I have lived for over 30 years. My main inspirations come from the natural world of seacapes and gardens. I particularly love the three-dimentional qualities of kiln-formed glass and my work includes scenes and plaques as well as tableware and jewellery.
I use predominantly hot glass to create factual and imagined objects that often take the form of individual pieces or collections of curiosities. Inspiration comes from many sources. Personal experiences, peculiar facts, elaborate hoaxes and more recently, voyages of discovery, endeavour and exploration all help to inform, whilst a passion for both traditional craft skills and innovative new technologies play an important part in the execution of the work.
I am inspired by the design that surrounds us in nature, architecture and technology and my work is predominately designed with modern, clean lines and strong use of colour. I utilise a range of specialised techniques to enhance the designs and finish the work to a high standard.
I originally studied printed textile design and after completing a P.G.C.E. I taught Art & Design for a number of years. Consequently I discovered glass and opened my studio, Discovery Glass in County Down in 1990. My work has developed from solely "tiffany" style glass to kiln-formed, fused and stained glass.My creations are very varied, from jewellery to windows and I specialise in commissioned pieces. I offer tuition to small groups of students.
My original training was as a designer in glass and ceramics, but as with the best laid plans I ended up working in IT most of my career, both in the UK and abroad. I now have time to look at glass again and can pretend to be a designer once more, trying to develop a technique with the paperweights that gives me some consistancy and ability to reproduce the form and textural qualities. It will never happen, but I enjoy a challenge.