I started blowing glass when I first became an apprentice at the age of 16. Following the completion of my degree in Glass Design at Edinburgh College of Art, I was awarded the prestigious Broadfield House scholarship studio. This year, I have launched my own independent glass blowing studio based in Clavering, Essex.
My work is fully hand made using traditional blowing and finishing techniques. Much of the work features multiple overlays of colour and clear glass, which are revealed through the cold-working process. Techniques such as cutting, grinding and sandblasting add refinement with a clean finish, as well as combining the use of texture. Although the process of crafting each piece is often highly complex, the end results appear effortlessly stunning.
I strive to capture the unique ability of glass to carry both light and colour. It is these two basic qualities, which drive every new design from sketchbook to final polish. Other themes running through my work include the exploration of texture, pattern and layering distinctive combinations of colour to add a sense of intrigue. Forms are modern, understated, fluid and elegant.
2003-2005 HND in Architectural Glasswork, College of Building & Printing, Glasgow
2001-2002 National Certificate in Furniture Design, College of Building & Printing, Glasgow
1996-1997 Portfolio Course, Kilmarnock College
July 2009 ‘Diamond Panel’ Leaded and enamel painted panel
April 2008 ‘Flowing River’ leaded, copper foiled and enamel painted panel
May 2007 ‘White Lilly’ leaded, copper foiled and enamel painted panel
March 2007 ‘Broom Flower’ leaded, copper foiled and enamel painted panel
November 2006 ‘Water Lilly’ leaded and copper foiled panel
August 2006 ‘Tambourelli’ oval shaped leaded and copper foiled panel
Nov-Jan 2010-2011, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield
June-August 2010, Annan Gallery, Glasgow
September 2009, ‘Stitch and Glass’, Castle Douglas Gallery
July-August 2009, ‘Summer Glass’, Designs Gallery, Castle Douglas
February 2009, Catstrand, New Galloway
November 2008, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
April-May 2008, Scottish Showcase Gallery, Kirkcudbright
August-October 2007, Mill On The Fleet, Gatehouse-of-Fleet
August 2007, Newton Stewart Library
June 2005, Trades House, Glasgow
Scottish Glass Society