From flowers to faces and flat to forms: behind the scenes of my year of creative adventure

Memento Mori skull crystals. Engraved, cast and enamel painted glass, gilded on the reverse with coloured silver leaf

For a few years, I've been trying to understand and recreate a historic gem often know as the Essex Crystal. In 2020 I was awarded an Arts Council 'Developing Your Creative Practice' Grant to really get to grips with it. I was interested in adapting modern glass casting techniques, glass engraving, enamel painting and gilding …