About my work
I bought my glass kiln about six years ago and have fallen in love with the art of creating in glass, its transparency, colour, and effects of light. Working with kiln fired glass involves careful planning, designing, cutting, then laying the work in the kiln, and there is nothing to beat the excitement of opening the kiln as it cools, to see how this tricky material has adapted itself to the idea in my mind. I also continue to work in clay, which offers very different challenges, although there is the same joy of opening the kiln to see the results. Ceramics, being opaque, make you focus on the surface. Some of my pots are textured with antique lace, others are saggar fired with copper wire and seaweed adding to the textures. Last September I began a degree course in Ceramics and Glass at Sunderland University, the home of great glassworking, in order to expand my skills. Luckily, with many precautions in place, the course has carried on, and I am learning all the time, exploring the movement of air and water, fish and birds, and I continue to find new ways to express these using clay and glass.
I moved to Glasshouses in 2001 looking for the peace of the countryside, and in Nidderdale found a rich community of artists working in many different media. This suited me fine, because I have always worked with whatever materials suited the subject I was working on at the time, watercolour, ink, pastel, ceramic, stained glass, and textiles. Recent work has been in kiln fired glass, and ceramics. My wanderlust has taken me travelling with astronomers to see solar eclipses in unexpected deserts, travelling with textile artists to learn from the weavers, indigo dyers, block printers and potters of India, and coming back with my head full of rich colours and patterns which have found their way into my art. The lockdown sent me in a different direction, with my Covid Diary 2020 series expressing in abstract terms the changing mood of each month as we came to terms with new restrictions and opportunities. I have also used glass and clay to explore the movements of water and air and the wildlife around us, and continue to be inspired by living and working in Nidderdale.