My work is inspired by the formation and structure of the natural landscape, the effect upon it by natural erosion processes, and the human impact upon the environment. I am also interested in social history and the effect that changing economic fortunes have on the urban, rural and maritime environments. The inspiration I find through the natural environment and human interaction with it is explored principally through kiln formed glass. It is the unpredictability of the reaction of the warm glass with materials, such as oxides and metal inclusions, and the flow of glass during kiln firing which results in an effect of vitality and movement; a reference to the natural forces that form and erode the landscape. My pieces may be of a sculptural form or designed within architectural contexts. In both disciplines I explore the use of colour, material and the transluscent qualities of glass.
Using kiln forming techniques such as glass casting, fusing and slumping, I manipulate the glass allowing the processes of heat and chemical reaction to affect the material resulting in an element of unpredictability in the formation of the final piece. Cold working processes are used to ensure the translucent and optical qualities of the glass are captured. This is an important aspect of my work as the changing natural light alters the light, shadow and reflection creating an element of vitality and movement.