I live just outside of Plymouth with my husband, two young daughters, and two excitable dogs. The juggle can be a bit overwhelming, but being creative keeps me sane (ish!).

I grew up dinghy sailing with my family at the weekends. At school I particularly enjoyed hands-on creative classes like textiles and technology. When I left full-time education I dreamt of exploring the world under sail, and I sort of did for a few years… with jobs varying from driving a harbour master patrol vessel, to being stewardess on a super-yacht. A job as marina dock-master brought me to Devon, and a chance visit to Plymouth College of Art reawakened my creative side; after watching the students skilfully manipulate the molten glass I found myself filling out an application form!

Molten glass being poured into an impression in a tray of sand.

I now live on the outskirts of Plymouth, so we’re just a short drive from beautiful Dartmoor, windswept beaches and picturesque towns. I love to go out exploring with my daughters and dogs (and when he’s not away at sea my husband too!). Our family outings inspired my Miniature Scene series, focusing on the way in which we interact with the world around us. Lasts year I set aside time to further explore cold-work processes, and to develop a new series of blown pieces, predominantly inspired by my love of the sea.

In recent years I’ve also found great enjoyment in passing on my skills. I run weekend courses introducing small groups to my wire and sandcast process, plus half-day workshop sessions teaching the more accessible craft of glass etching using a chemical cream. More info here

I’m also a director of Art and Energy CIC, a collection of artists and technologists approaching the climate emergency, and in particular renewable energy developments, in a playful and creative way. I’ll be adding more info about our exciting projects here soon. In the meantime please visit www.artandenergy.org.

Photo of Jenny Ayrton with sandcast glass