I was born in Lincoln, UK in 1984 and have had an interest in art, drawing, and making things from an early age. I was made redundant from a civil servant job in 2013, and decided to reskill in a career I enjoyed. After taking a variety of craft related courses, I decided to study BA Hons Glass and Ceramics at The University of Sunderland. I graduated in 2018 gaining a 1st Class Honours Degree. I have since set up my own studio near Lincoln. I plan to continue entering competitions, applying for commissions, and producing my own work for galleries and exhibitions. I also wish to create more contemporary artworks that can be enjoyed by everyone through public works. Some of my successes include being selected as a finalist in the British Glass Biennale in August 2017 and Bullseye Emerge in June 2018.
I am a glass and ceramic artist specialising in creating kiln-formed sculptural, architectural, and site-specific artwork. Traditional and digital techniques are often combined to create work based upon my observations of the natural world and/or social issues. I exploit glass’s unique material properties, including its transmittance of light, optics, and reflections, often incorporating depth and multiple perspectives into my work. Intangibility and hidden elements also interest me.
My works are unique hand-made single editions.
My work Body Beautiful celebrates all the nuances of our bodies including scars, stretch marks, sagging, curves, and amputated limbs or amelia in an effort to combat body dysmorphia. Flashing and pits from the glass casting process are deliberately left exposed and are illuminated by light. Each person is unique and our so-called flaws tell the story of our lives. I hope this piece helps empower people to be happy with who they are. Our bodies are the ultimate form of self-expression.
Contrasts represents the contrasting shapes, colours, sizes and textures of fields making up the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of The Lincolnshire Wolds. It’s a location I frequently visit on the way to and from the coast and I enjoy capturing the changing landscape in photography which I use as inspiration in many of my works.
Love, Rivalry & Magic!
This glass artwork is based on Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It was commissioned for Enchanted Parks 2016, a Newcastle-Gateshead Initiative, and was previously exhibited at the 2017 British Glass Biennale.
Love triangles and rivalries between human and fairy characters are further complicated by the use of magic!
Fairy characters are visible when viewers walk by the piece as their edges catch the light, yet when viewed from the front they are almost invisible.
I designed this using Photoshop. It combines various techniques including screen-printing with enamels, water jet cutting, and glass fusing. Each leaf was individually brushed on by hand. 5 panels of glass are used to build depth within the magical autumnal-hibernal forest.