My journey into glass started when I attended a local leadlight class with my daughter. The colours and range of glass available was wonderful, reminding me of the many stained glass windows I had admired in various churches. After making several stained glass windows for y house, I moved on to making mosaics, basically to use up all the scrap glass I had accumulated. I dabbled in mosaics for many years, attending symposiums and participating in group exhibitions.
At the end of 2005, I attended two workshops which changed the way I worked with glass. The first workshop was fusing basics and the second workshop was lampworking for beginners (making glass beads over an extremely hot flame). These workshops led to a love of working with warm glass. I have great memories of the lampwork class which I attended with a friend. The class was fun with lots of laughter and even though everyone was making the same beads, results differed vastly. Sometime later, I was fortunate enough to purchase a kiln and some basic lampworking equipment.
I find it deeply satisfying to pick colours of glass, layer them into patterns and fuse them into one piece in my kiln. Some of these creations are then returned to the kiln to be slumped in bowls, plates etc. Other pieces are turned into pendants or earrings. Sometimes when you open the kiln, the results can be a surprise.
As I love working with colours so much, I branched out into paint pouring, also known as flow art. Pouring paint onto a canvas and swirling it around is fun. The organic results are quite beautiful. This led me to exploring using alcohol inks on yupo paper.
Lately, I have been playing with clay. I really enjoy getting my hands dirty, modelling the clay. I’ve been taking lessons and it’s a steep learning curve but I’m enjoying myself immensely.
I work from my studio space at home. Living on 20 acres in Harcourt North, I’m lucky to have a studio with lots of natural light and wonderful views over the surrounding hills.