Silversmith Liz Dee will be exhibiting with me this year, member 15 for more information.
Bucks art week - come visit my working studio - 9 Ormond rd, Thame, OX9 3XN, 6th - 21st June, 11am - 5pm, (not open Mondays).
See my Special Edition work at Thame museum from 15 Feb. ( more info to follow)
Bucks Steam and Country fair 1st & 2nd August.
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.