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.
Glass is a fantastic medium to work in; it is beautiful and also useful. I enjoy making items that have functional application, that are tactile, and that are good for more than just 'looking at'. Functional. Beautiful. Glass.
I am studying three dimensional design at Manchester metropolitan university.
I work at The World Of Glass in st helens as a Apprentice glassblower.
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, and I've kept an interest in design whilst working in IT as my main career. The glass I produce is for my own interest, and experimental in trying to develop a technique with the paperweights that gives me some consistancy and ability to reproduce the form and textural qualities. I enjoy experimenting with colour and different materials in the paperweights.
I studied Architectural Stained Glass at Swansea finishing in 95. Since leaving I have worked with different studios and gained valuble experience. I now work designing and making my own work for public and private spaces. I like to work in a painterly and semi abstract style.