I capture miniature wonderlands in molten glass. Inspiration comes from everyday scenes; a washing line blowing wildly on the first day of spring, garden tools left mid-task, a lone dinghy bobbing in the harbour…
Scenes are directly influenced by my life as a Devon-based mum; following visits to the towns, beach and moor I create tiny wire sketches based on the day’s observations.
With most of my pieces I then use a sand-casting technique to encase the wire models between layers of molten glass. It’s the unpredictable and uncontrollable flow of the glass which brings each scene to life, creating the breeze in the washing and the foliage on the trees.
In addition to being viewed as stand-alone artworks I have also exhibited pieces as semi-architectural sculpture by embedding the blocks within purpose built walls. An example of this may be seen in Tavistock Sensory Garden.
Recently I’ve also worked alongside a glass blower, Richard Glass, to trap the wirework between the layers of blown forms. I then cut, ground, polished and engraved detail. Returning to my interest in casting, but on a smaller scale and using pewter, I created tiny pewter buoys and boats which recall that stage-like element.
I create pieces for sale through galleries and exhibitions. I also enjoy working to capture people’s stories and memories in the form of commissions, and helping others to create their own wire and glass artworks during weekend workshops which I run in southwest Devon. More information on courses may be found here.
The video below gives a great insight into my inspirations and processes.