I first graduated from Stourbridge 1984, B.A (hons) Glass/Ceramics Design. In 2016 Bath Spa University, completed an M.A Ceramics /Design: Researching ways to combine my expressionistic use of glass with other sculptural and supporting mediums,and understand how to have a creative practice as an artist.
As a creative I had also been developing skills in architectural, decorative and applied arts since Stourbridge ; time spent later in Denmark also informed my elementary style which in turn I believe influenced my initial practice when later establishing a studio in the U.K.
The work culminating from the M.A includes a series of six wall montages inspired by landscape; the interaction of natural light and form, surface texture and colour fields. They are assembled with various cast/fused, painterly components using float glass with enamel and lustres. The layers are distance-spaced to allow greater refraction, creating variable patterning on the adjacent surface of the inert cast porcelain structure or wall beneath, the light, shadow and space between each form being the glue that visually holds the image together.
The focus is environment, both in how the glass enriches its immediate setting and reflects the ephemeral qualities observed within the natural landscape.Something that has always been an inspiration.
The ambition for this work was for it to be realised in the context of larger architectural structures, successive work has also acquiesced water as part of this elemental play with environment. Subsequently a narrative has also evolved in my practice as a result of my own experience and the current dilemmas and injustices we often face, this has created new concepts that lately have become an integral part of my creative and visual form of expression.