In the Thick of It
— November 2015
My work throughout the last decade has centred on scaling-up the art I create in my chosen medium of glass and allied materials. I have always treasured the benefits of being a designer and maker, and it has been a challenge to remain hands-on when the physical size of commissions increase.
Since 2009 I've been entirely UK-based, in a specialist glass engineering environment that has allowed me to explore the wider possibilities for art and glass, and art in architecture. I use as my daily tools the very equipment used to meet modern-day building regulations. I use them on the large-scale and when intermixed with creative applied techniques, they give rise to thrilling new combinations.
Glass at work.
Designing, making and installing art is a lengthy and complex business. Maintaining artistic inspiration and purpose is harder still when a work is scaled-up. Staying hands-on throughout the project, from its concept to its delivery, maintaining the artist's eye and seeing that every step feeds into your vision for the piece, provides the best opportunity to sustain the work's integrity and quality.
Despite the challenges, my experience is that if you change your environment and your tools, it will open your mind to new perspectives, and new ways of designing and creating. Whilst it takes courage to step away from well-trodden paths, it's worth the investment if you've the stamina.
My work right now is the result of personal study and extensive practical research at the coalface of the decorative glass industry, from which I've created new techniques and new processes that will pay dividends in future works. I’m afraid I crave invention like other people crave chocolate!