Lost in translation

Reverse intaglio crystals painted with enamel

I've been working on translating the engraving and painting skills I've learned recently into my Essex Crystal Project. It's been quite a journey, and at every stage has made me more appreciative of the skills of the artists who work in these techniques. Thanks to my Developing Your Creative Practice Award, earlier this year I …

Goldfinches everywhere

goldfinch reverse intaglio in glass, painted and gilded on reverse

One of the joys of working at home is the immersive soundscape provided by garden birds. Blackbirds, pigeons, blue, great and long-tailed tits, starlings, sparrows and goldfinches all contribute to the cacophany that forms the backdrop to my work. And oh the goldfinches. According to the RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch they have had a particularly …

Domestic Gospels to Essex Crystals; looking back

I've put together some images and text to give a sense of my work and how it's developed since 2006 when I graduated. I started with Domestic Gospels and Corner of My Eye - both presented for my Degree Show and at Batch, an exhibition that was part of the International Festival of Glass that …

Essex Crystal Project – the work and the stories

essex crystal reverse intaglio showing girl and budgie

Companions, or Self Portait with Budgie: I had a budgie as a child. It lived in my room and would nestle against my neck and nibble my ear. I loved that budgie My Essex Crystal Project presents a sort of personal mythology. It combines fragments of family snaps, strange creatures and classical references into strange …

New Directions, Essex Crystals and the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2019

A journey into Essex Crystals - work in progress For some time I’ve been looking for a new direction for my work. I often find that making art is like trying to write a poem when you don’t even know the language you’re writing in. Or a bit like bashing out a series of one-liners. …

I made a banner for the 100th Treacle Market…

The Treacle Market 100 banner in action

I made a banner for the 100th Treacle Market. It’s not what I usually do art-wise, but I do do a lot of sewing and I love Treacle and I have a huge amount of love and respect for Jane Munro, the key player behind Treacle. I wanted to contribute something to the Treacle 100 …

‘Sean’ at the CGS Celebrations Exhibition at the International Festival of Glass

It can help to talk about things sometimes, especially so when it's about new work. So I've submitted 'Sean' for display in the Contemporary Glass Society's Celebrations Exhibition at the International Festival of Glass 2017. 'Sean' in the CGS Celebrations Exhibition at the International Festival of Glass I'm slightly worried that people will not see this …