These bowls are made using techniques called 'fusing' and 'slumping'. Together, these processes offer a direct link between the imagination and reality - yet there is always that element of surprise. The transformative conditions in which they are made sometimes impose a 'mark' to define their uniqueness.
Inspired by glass as a child
I have been drawn to stained glass for many years. Firstly, as a child, looking up at the extraordinary northern rose window in Chartres Cathedral. From that time, the sapphire blue glass has been lodged as my favourite. Yet it was only as an adult that I was trained in the medieval tradition of stained glass. For this, I apprenticed myself to a Master Glass Artist, Rod Friend, who drew out in me a facility with glass. This led me to attend Swansea Metropolitan University, from which I emerged with wider artistic horizons and a Masters Degree in Architectural Glass.
Kiln-work came to me later. Wishing to get the most from my kiln, I began experimenting with fusing and slumping glass, and working with strong design to create pieces that captured and cast the best effects of coloured light. Sometimes geometric, sometimes fluid, the designs always included the brightest and best of the glass available. As time and experimentation progressed, I settled on the bowl as my primary vehicle for the medium of glass. It melds art and pragmatism and invites a continual adventure with design.
The design of each piece ‘arrives’ as I wake, along with a compulsion to get my hands on the glass and replicate what has been inspired. It is the most surprising process and one that, I feel, resonates with the alchemical nature of glass work. Opening the kiln is always unexpected. The pieces carry a ‘commentary’ of what took place in the private, hot, space; an unseen molten process, the variables of which are too numerous to control perfectly. So, each one emerges with its own ‘mark’; a unique offering to its final home.