I absolutely love bright colours and patterns and this is reflected in my glass. I like to create practical art that can be displayed as either a statement piece or that can be used for a particular function.
A lot of my work is done on a commissioned basis so if you ever see anything you like but would like it in a different colour or pattern etc then please get in touch.
I have lived in Oxfordshire all my life. I grew up in Stonesfield, which is where I now live with my own little family. From a young age, I have always been creative and used to spend hours drawing and painting with my Gran. I never really found my 'thing' until I started working with glass.
A few years ago, my husband asked me what I wanted for my 30th birthday. There wasn’t anything I needed so I decided I wanted to go on a glassblowing weekend. I wanted to try something completely new and exciting and it definitely didn’t disappoint. I got to create some amazing pieces (a small vase, blown bauble and paperweight) which I still display in my kitchen window. I was instantly hooked with working with glass and knew it was something I wanted to do more of.
Shortly after my glass blowing experience, I attended a glass fusing course at the same place. As much fun as glass blowing is, it isn't easy to do by yourself. Glass fusing however, is a completely different process and I thought it would be something that I could do at home. Whilst on my 2 day fusing course, I asked my tutor as many questions as I could think of about setting up at home. I took the plunge by buying my first kiln, some basic hand tools and started off with a few starter kits making coasters. Working with glass soon became much more than just a hobby for me. I started Cotswold Glass Creations in 2018 and I have loved every minute of it. Over the years I have been able to grow my glass and tool collection. In October last year my husband treated me to my own studio in the garden as he was fed up of me taking over the house and his garage.
Glass is a fascinating medium to work with and is something truly special. No two pieces will ever be the same even if you want them to be. I love experimenting with new techniques and creating bespoke commissions for people. The best part of being an artist is getting to see the reactions when people receive their finished piece and the joy it brings. Each time I open my kilns I am filled with excitement. I love colour and pattern and this can be seen in my work. I have a particular love of blue glass so sometimes I have to tear myself away from it and use other colours.
This is my first year taking part in Oxfordshire Artweeks and I can’t wait to open the doors to my studio and welcome you all in May.