What does it mean to you to join the North Lands Creative network and be part of building a community for glass?
North Lands Creative is an amazing networking platform for glass makers all over the world and I really like how they’re passionate about pushing the boundaries with glass and encouraging glass artists to explore the medium further in their amazing facilities, something I aspire to do.
Tell us about your work. What influences translate into your art practice?
My work is inspired by contrast found around me whether it is a flower or a piece of fabric. Contrast is achieved through a bold colour palette and through the juxtaposition of opalescent and transparent glass, with plain and patterned areas and smooth and textured sections within a piece.
Has this changed the way you approach your work?
The most striking and immediate aspect of my work is colour contrast. I am fascinated by colour theory and psychology and approach each piece with the intention of spreading a little happiness through colour. I am constantly experimenting with new palettes, mixing colour theory and my own intuition.
What initially captured your imagination about glass?
The amorphous property of glass is what initially attracted me to it as it allows for so many design possibilities and complexities of work. Although I like being in control of most situations, I also like a challenge and the ‘hard to tame’ characteristic of glass has always attracted me as it creates excitement and occasionally surprises, good and bad!
What’s the significance of the handmade to you?
Handmade is a “love story” between a maker and their medium as they turn raw material into a beautiful object. It encompasses strong human values such as authenticity, pride, craftsmanship and generosity of time. A handmade object carries the energy and soul of the maker, making it very special.
What was your route to becoming an artist?
I’m a self-taught artist who stumbled upon glass during my teaching career. With my dad being a joiner and my mum making soft furnishings for the home, making was always part of me. My first kilnformed glass piece was a nugget made in a basic kiln to incorporate into a mosaic piece.