Originally from the UK, I worked in Administration in the automotive industry, then later as a nurse. Following a period living in Belgium, our family migrated to Australia in 2003.
The 2014 Nillumbik Open Studios program saw me visit a local glass studio offering lessons. The idea of working with glass captured my imagination, appealing to my creative side. There I learnt lead lighting, copper foiling, and fused glass through regular classes and specific workshops, where celebrated guest artists shared their knowledge and provided encouragement.
Having always been drawn to the simplicity of the Oriental and Asian aesthetic, it was natural for me to draw inspiration from time spent with Japanese friends and colleagues plus various family holidays, whose influences were reflected in my work.
From the start of my creative journey I have focused on producing practical and attractive fused glass plates, bowls and platters, decorative items such as glass hanging ornaments and Christmas decorations which, for a short time, I sold via local craft markets. More recently I have been working alongside like-minded individuals at the Eltham Living & Learning Glass Makers Space, where I have found great pleasure collaborating on the Nillumbik Council commissioned piece for the 16 Days of Activism Campaign and pieces for the Divarsity Exhibition held annually at the Eltham Library.
Recently I have increasingly been producing pieces for outdoor use. Often involving the combination of reclaimed materials such as wood or metal with glass to produce both functional and sculptural garden art.
Having initially sold via markets, I was fortunate to be invited to join the long established Stonehouse Gallery in nearby Warrandyte. Working alongside potters, painters, textile artists and jewellery makers, my own work has significantly benefited from the variety that these many various art forms has provided whilst preparing me for the next step in my creative journey.
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