My glass journey
I have always loved art but never found a medium that I truly fell totally in love with.... until I met glass on a stained glass workshop workshop in the early 2010s. I loved the way that the glass transmitted & reflected the light, but I found the process a little too 'rigid' for me. Once you had drawn the template for your design, you cut the glass & soldered it together. Don't get me wrong, stained glass creates beautiful art but it didn't totally appeal to me. Then I went onto a fused glass workshop to create 4 coasters & I was hooked! One could cut the glass & then put it into a kiln. Then, depending on the temperature & duration of heat, the outcome was often a surprise (perhaps you can tell that I studied the sciences for A' Level).
In 2016, I left corporate life, retired & bought a kiln. I now have a little studio at home, in Stony Stratford, where I design & create my glass art. I always say that it is 'my hobby, gone a bit mad'. I love the chemistry of how glass reacts in the heat of the kiln. I love to learn new techniques & often experiment to see 'what if'. Not every experiment turns out how I expect, there are always surprises & things to learn.
I love to create pieces with texture & many of my pieces are inspired by the natural world. I only make a limited selection of each design & many pieces are 'one of a kind'. Every piece is unique & only created by me.
'Made in Stony' association
Back in 2017, when I realised that I needed to sell some of my glass art (to make room for more creations!), I had no idea how to achieve this. As luck would have it, back in October 2017, a meeting was set up to see if something could be done to support artisans of Stony Stratford. I ended up chairing the meeting & co-founding the 'Made in Stony' association.
'Made in Stony' is a not for profit association, run by volunteers, to support artisans of Stony Stratford. We are not associated with any shop; we organise events where artisans can sell their quality handcrafted goods (art, crafts & foods) for a minimal cost. It has been an amazing journey to see artisans grow in confidence & start to successfully sell their goods (including me). We also support local non-Stony Stratford artisans & charities too. The support of our local community has been, & continues to be, amazing.