Trying my hand at stained glass about 10 years ago is when I first fell in love with the amazing medium that is glass. My creations included several reproduction Tiffany lampshades but when suitable display space ran out I knew I needed to find a new hobby on a smaller scale.
I started making lampwork beads in the summer of 2010 and since the moment I first lit my torch I was hooked. The design of my beads is often inspired by nature but their shape and form is also simply the result of enjoyable hours spent playing with molten glass.
Recently I have become a little obsessed with making cabochons and have also begun to experiment with making my own murrini. I use these in both my lampwork beads and cabochons and in my fused and slumped glass creations – something I got into by default through having a kiln in which to anneal my beads.
I find the process of working with glass completely absorbing and am constantly amazed at how such a fragile material can be manipulated in so many different ways – it grabs all of my attention in a way that no other material ever has.