I am a Glass Artist living and working in North Wales.
My work is inspired by the structures within nature. The trees and plants in the landscape around me, in particular the small details- the shapes and textures of lichen, moss, ferns, and leaves. I am fascinated by light, the magical qualities and atmosphere this can give the plants and trees within the landscape. Also the way it moves through glass, reflects, creates shadows. I aim to capture this magic, this ethereal quality, my way of seeing, in my work.
The Arts Council of Wales Research and Development grant I received for my current experimental project ‘Gardens of the Mind’ has allowed me to develop and further my practice by creating glass work concerned with investigating the visual and physical correlation between structures and micro-structures within plant and human biology. I have recently been awarded a Production grant by the Arts Council of Wales to continue with this project, this will begin with a residency in the autumn of 2019 at Ruthin Craft Centre and culminate in an exhibition there the following year. The combination of these ambiguous and fascinating structures which could describe human and plant forms, brings together all of life- from a neuron to the structure of algae, to trees and river beds. By blending these forms and focusing on their beautiful detail, their mystical similarities- I feel I am communicating the spirituality which nature gives me, the forms, the colours, the beauty and the light. This project is in collaboration with Bangor University’s Herbarium, Walton Centre’s Neuroscience Laboratories and mentor Glass Artist- Rhian Haf.
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