Due to Corona virus all exhibitions and fairs have been cancelled up to the end of August.
As soon as restrictions have been lifted my studio in Thame will be open by appointment everyday except Mondays.
I am able to do local deliveries and most of my items can be posted, please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of any further assistance.
The journey to learn this centuries-old technique began when I attended evening classes back in 1995. I learnt both leadwork and copper foil (Tiffany) methods and after a couple of years of tuition I began experimenting, and it’s become an obsession. In 2015 I started taking part in the annual Oxford Artweeks, 2016 saw me become professional, and in September 2017 I moved into my own studio space in the back garden of my home in Thame from where I was able to take part in Bucks Artweeks for the first time this year.
I’ve chosen to work with copper foil to construct my creations, as it allows a greater freedom to design more intricate pieces which can’t be achieved using traditional leadwork. Each piece of glass is cut by hand, surrounded in copper foil then soldered together. I use coloured sheet, recycled, and sea glass, marbles, light bulbs and mirror; in fact if it’s made of glass I’ll try using it. I also engrave,paint and tumble glass to alter the surface appearance; finer detailing and dimension is added using different gauges of wire and beads.
I get immense pleasure from lifting a new piece to the light for the first time, and ever changing light means you have an ever changing work of art. The natural world that surrounds me is a great source of inspiration, I’m always coming back from a walk with pockets full of “stuff”, another source of inspiration is my Faith, and I’ve begun to create pieces with a strong but simple message. Becoming a Christian changed my life; it follows that it will change my art.