Plymouth University College of Art and Design 1998 HND 3D Design in Glass and Ceramics
Farnham University College of Art and Design 2000 BA 3 D Design in Glass
I studied ceramics and glass at Plymouth University College of Art and Design, and glass at Farnham University College of Art and Design. I have been a practicing artist for 20 years mainly making colourful lamps, bowls, and abstract sculptures out of glass.
While at Plymouth art college I invented a new technique in fusing glass together which enables me to make fused 3D glass sculptures. Some sculptures can have pieces of glass as thin as 3mm, these pieces can run horizontally or vertical without air pockets occurring. To achieve this I build the mould around the glass, instead of making a mould for the glass.
But before I do this I this I stick the pieces of glass I have made together with super glue to get an idea what the finished piece will look like.
I then poor a quarts and plaster mix over the whole sculptor encasing it. Once dried I put into a kiln and take the glass to liquid so that it fuses together.
Last year I totally changed direction by making colourful ceramic sculptures. I like colour;
Each one of my sculptures has two sides to them like a two-page book, and each one has a true story behind them. Some of my ideas come from various people I have known over the years. The sculptures are mainly ceramic, but I also use gold and silver leaf, liquid gold and silver, resin, paper, and jewellery. My ceramics sculptures have been described as philosophical quirky Pop Art, most are humorous, but some are more serious.