I am a Glass Artist living and working in North Wales. I studied Applied Art/Architectural Glass at N.E.W.I and gained a 1st Class Hons. Degree.
I have recently become a member of the Guild of Makers in Wales- Craft in the Bay, and was a finalist in the Glass category of Selected Makers 2016.
I sell and exhibit my work in galleries throughout the U.K. I recently showed my framed work in a Solo Exhibition at Oriel Gallery and have taken part in several leading exhibitions at prominent galleries over the last few years including The National Glass Centre, Glass 2017 at Pyramid, Craft in the Bay, The Bluecoat Display Centre, and The Collins Gallery- Glasgow. I have exhibited at The British Craft Trade Fair in Harrogate for the last 3 years.
I completed my PGCE in Applied Arts in 2008 and worked as a ceramic/3d teacher in UCE Academy teaching 11-18yr olds for 4 years before resuming my glass making full-time 5 years ago. I see education as a vital part of my practice and continue to do workshops, open studios and artist talks to share my inspirations and passion with others. An important aspect of becoming a Guild Member in Wales was for me to be able to continue with this in a broader arena.
My latest work is directly inspired by the landscape around me, the forests, woods, mountains and skies. Wales is a wild, raw and rich landscape which my soul feels deeply connected to. I want to try to capture this in my work- my way of seeing. I am fascinated by the ever changing light and the magical qualities this gives the plants and trees within the landscape. I sketch, photograph and collect plants whilst out walking and when I return to my glass workshop, I try to capture the magic, the shapes and light, which I find so beautiful. I am extremely interested in plants. All of the plants and trees I use in my work are British and mostly wild plants and flowers. I have recently started bringing other inspirations into my work- returning to my passion for literature and more self exploratory themes.
The thing which is endlessly fascinating to me in glass is the layers and how I can create so much depth and detail. I am constantly experimenting with samples and use pieces I have made almost like collage, layering and remaking so they work together.
I have undertaken several commissions and enjoy using the techniques I have developed in my glass making in a new context and style.
Please see my list of stockists, exhibitions and events, although you are very welcome to come to my studio to see my work. Please contact me beforehand so we can arrange a mutually convenient time.
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Images- David Jones Photography/Simon Bruntell/Leon Bowen