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How I started:
Initially I trained as a furniture and Jewellery designer at Edinburgh College of Art. I then worked for many years making and teaching silver jewellery alongside teaching Design Technology at secondary school.
My silver jewellery was heavily textured using hammering, rolling and acid etching techniques and often incorporating adding colour. When I discovered glass I was in seventh heaven, as it enabled me to make larger pieces but be design driven by colour as well as texture. I am inspired by the colours and forms on the West Coast of Scotland and from my childhood in the English Lake district.
My first pieces of glass were very abstract. I have since moved on to use my other great passion in nature: birds and animals. I love watching nature particularly birds so have been influenced and spurred on to make creatures. All my products are individually made so no two ornaments are quite the same. I expertly craft each piece to make a wonderful addition to any home. Whether you are looking for a gift for a friend or family member or even a treat for yourself the price range will suit any purse.
How my pieces are made:
To make one of my fused glass artwork, I use Bullseye glass from Warm Glass UK, all my creation are handmade in my studio in Pencaitland. The clear and coloured glass which comes in a variety of formats, including sheet glass, frit (small pieces of glass), stringers, rods and powdered glass. Using only Bullseye glass allows me to mix and match the variety of glass types without worrying about compatibility, as not all types of glass will melt well together in the kiln. I often use all forms of glass in one piece of art to create the right patterns and textures I am trying to capture. When making an artwork, the glass is pieced together then heated in a specialist kiln up to around 800°C. Some of my products are then slumped over a mould to create more three dimensional pieces. Many of the animals have metal inclusions to allow them to be free standing. These metal additions are hand worked, using my metalwork skills.
I particularly enjoy making colourful creatures such as glass birds, glass fish and beautiful Sun Catchers for either indoors or out. I also enjoy trying to capture the essence of my favour creatures such which are a little less colourful but are full of characters such as Oystercatchers, Puffins, Herons, Highland Cows and sheep.
Commission and working with your ideas:
If you are looking for that bespoke piece or have an idea you cannot see on my site please contact me to have a chat about commissioning a piece of glass art work. I have made commissions for many clients and if you would like to talk to me about creating a unique piece, please do contact me to chat about taking your project forwards. I can either guide you with ideas of my own or listen to your thoughts and make them become a reality.
Smaller ornaments or gift ideas:
If you would like a special piece of glass jewellery, Christmas ornament or other small piece of distinct giftware this is no problem. I am happy to make smaller one off unique beautiful glass ornaments and giftware or multiple pieces of artwork.
Packaging and posting:
To make sure any product you purchase reaches you safely and in one piece I very carefully wrap and box all pieces in with great care and post with Royal mail.
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