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I’m a Suffolk-based artist working primarily with glass in a tradition known as lampwork or flamework. I flame-sculpt glass to create wearable art, tokens, talismans and my signature totems. My glass tells stories, celebrates detail, colour, light & the beauty of the small. I’m a selected member of The Suffolk Craft Society, where I have curated major exhibitions and I manage social media for the group. I am on the Crafts Council Directory of Makers. I’m also an associate member of Designer Makers 21 by invitation. My current studio is a re-purposed barn in Earl Soham, where I create, teach, exhibit and sell my work. I exhibit widely through the year in group and solo shows; current and upcoming news can be found on my events page. I originally graduated from Loughborough College of Art and Design with a BA Hons in Silversmithing & Jewellery, which I followed with a PGCE from Homerton College, Cambridge University. I taught art at an outer London secondary school before living overseas for a decade in Kenya, Thailand and Singapore, where I taught, worked for NGO's, curated for two galleries, and learned to work with glass. After many years of painting, drawing, digital photography and polaroid manipulation I became fascinated with the idea of working with glass. In 2006 I travelled to New Zealand where I was taught by Micah Lamar at Hoglund Art Glass. I built and worked from home-studios, held solo exhibitions and artist residencies in Thailand and Singapore before returning to the UK in 2010. I recently found out that my maternal great grandfather was a glassblower in a Sunderland factory and enjoyed the synchronicity

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What is Flamework/ Lampwork?

It is essentially the scaled-down version of glassblowing and a heritage craft with roots in the Venetian tradition. Smaller sculptures and jewellery were made (often by women) at a tabletop. Glass is melted in an intense flame, wrapped around a steel rod then worked and sculpted while molten. Working with glass is a synthesis of powerful elements: colour, light, fire and a medium that moves rapidly between liquid and solid states. The glass and the processes I use are of a quality chosen to extend the lifespan and beauty of my work. I kiln anneal and hand clean all my glass. Annealing soaks the glass at 960 degrees then cools it gradually over ten hours, to reduce the chance of stress fractures and strengthen the glass.

How do I take care of my glass?

Glass is simultaneously one of the most fragile and long-lasting of preserved historical artefacts. While I take care to create glass that is as structurally sound as possible, and anneal every element, as a medium it is beautifully AND inherently delicate. Care should be taken to avoid dropping or sharply knocking glass. With sculptural items, avoid forcing or placing too much pressure on extremities. Of course the shape of the object contributes to its sturdiness, the solid sphere of a glass bead will take harder daily wear than a sculptural shape.

Where do you get your inspiration?

As an artist and designer-maker I'm engaged in approaching the universal through the particular. All work and ideas are my own, I assemble all my own work and I do not copy or mass produce. ​I've always created across media, kept sketchbooks, painted and drawn. I have travelled widely, and frequent museums and galleries when I can. I live in an rural and coastal part of Suffolk and elements of the landscape, flora and fauna (large and small) and the effects of the seasons inform my work.

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Where can I find your glass?

Find my glass at most Suffolk Craft Society shows and during designated weekends for Suffolk Open Studios. I have collections of glass with Designer Makers 21  in Diss and  Great Walsingham Gallery in Norfolk. For upcoming shows please check my Events page.

If you are interested in something you have seen on this site or social media - or in commissioning a piece please use my Contact page to get in touch.

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