During over thirty years of working with stained glass I have never ceased to be enthralled with the beauty of the medium, or to feel privileged to work in such a fascinating and rewarding trade. That feeling of elation when one stands back to view the finished piece on which one has so painstakingly laboured, brought to life by the ever-changing light, is reward of itself for the hours of careful toil
The beauty of glass is its ability to change the ambience of the environment in which it stands, through its effect on the passage of light; whether that be capturing and holding the light, to make the glass glow and sparkle, or colouring it and sending pools of sumptuous colour, constantly and subtly changing, into the building. Whether it’s an illuminated picture telling a story or a decorative abstract piece of glass design, the beauty of glass gladdens the heart.
Born and educated in Yeovil, Somerset, I attended Yeovil School and then Yeovil College, where I completed an Arts Foundation that fuelled my lifelong love of the arts and opened my eyes to the many forms and possibilities of artistic expression.
On completion of the course I moved to Stourbridge, West Midlands to study for a B.A. (Hons) Art and Design, Glass with Ceramics, ostensibly to continue my love of ceramics, but very soon the fascination of glass took over. Here I learned the skills and techniques of working with hot glass, from the traditional glassblowing with full lead crystal that is synonymous with the area, to the relatively new and exciting techniques of fusing and kiln-casting, taught by the influential Keith Cummings. Also I was able to try my hand at brilliant cutting and surface glass techniques such as sandblasting, etching and polishing.