The Castle Gallery
The Castle Gallery
Born in Edinburgh in 1961 my training in glass began at Edinburgh College of Art the graduated in 1983 with a B.A. Hons in Glass Design
Subsequently I worked for a number of small glassblowing studios while undertaking commissions including engravings of dancers from the Sadlers Wells and the Royal Ballet Companies. From 1990 to 1999 I gained employment as a visiting lecturer in glass design at the University of Sunderland and began taking interest in applied arts in the public sector becoming vice-chairman of the Scottish Craft Centre.
Since then I have chosen to concentrate exclusively on developing my work, culminating in 1999 with the setting up of my new hot glass studio situated in the Scottish borders.
Presently I design and make a wide range of studio glass including perfume bottles and unique stemware, bowls and vases. My main motivation at this time is in the production of new and interesting production work together with one-off exhibition pieces.
In my exhibition work I maintain my interest in capturing images from nature within the glass but at present I am experimenting with more complex cut and carved forms than the simple vessel forms I used in the past. I intend these new objects to better reflect and complement the imagery I use.
The techniques learned for this work have also benefited my designs within production work, opening up several new avenues of exploration. Many attributes of glass attract me to the medium. One special quality I love is its ability to move and distort the engraved drawings that I apply to the glass whilst still hot.
At present I am experimenting with this property on the forms themselves: carving and engraving the pieces whilst cold, reheating them, allowing the flames of the furnace to soften and alter the forms as well as polishing the engraved cuts My current objective is to increase the scale of my work. The new studio has been
equipped to do so.
16.5" high, 14" wide and 16" deep approx