The making of this glass wall installation has been supported by Cultivator Cornwall, giving me the opportunity to water jet cut complex shapes out of Bullseye glass at the University of Sunderland/National Glass Centre.
It forms part of my ongoing exploration of ancient archaeological sites at the edges of Britain and Ireland, drawing from walks and photographs taken over a year near St Just, in Cornwall. These kilnformed glass discs layer shapes drawn from micro lichens and Bronze Age holed stones, with sections of fired images from the surrounding Kennidjack Common.
This series of glassworks will continue to develop both as an installation and individual wall mounted panels.
Waterjet cut and fired glass discs 100cm x 135cm
The beauty and particular qualities of Japanese papers have long been an important part of my work. Whether cutting by hand or using laser for larger works, I work from drawings, mapping patterns, shapes, contours and edges. Cutting is often combined with colour and printed imagery.
The papercuts are ‘floated’ in layers of glass and framed, giving depth and casting shadows.
48cm x 66cm
48cm x 66cm
50cm x 60cm
30cm x 60cm
95cm x 30cm
Glass Fragments - A History
I have always saved shapes and fragments from different glass projects. As they are building into a collection, each piece has a history, and a story – of visual research for commissions, places visited, experiments and memories. They also show my working process, and are a springboard for new ideas.
At Skara Brae, on Orkney, houses inhabited around 4,500 years ago contain stone dressers, and carved artwork and jewellery have been found. The shaped water jet cut glass sections of Keepsake echo beads, tablets and building stones, with imagery of a close up, tactile environment and the view beyond – a world bound by sea, loch, and land.
Water jet fired cut glass panels 30cm x 140cm
This horizontal glass construction also evolved from my research in Orkney. Skara Brae is now exposed to the sky and very close to the sea. This small labyrinth of interconnected spaces holds images, as though projected, on to a series of blank screens, or walls.
50cm x 50cm x 15cm
Enamels - Journeys and Places
This collection of small, enamelled works on steel map my journeys and research at sites in Orkney, Dorset and Cornwall. Translucent coloured layers of vitreous glass enamels are combined with fragments of imagery and pattern.