My business, designing and making stained glass, began twelve years ago when I undertook a course to learn how to repair the stained glass in our “new” Edwardian home. Soon I was making windows for friends and neighbours, and so it was (almost) by accident that I found I had a thriving business on my hands.
Private commissions led to public ones and I won the Hertfordshire Art in the Workplace award in 2001 for a large millennium window I made for a local school, which I made on site as the artist-in-residence.
In my work I employ both traditional leading and glass painting and firing techniques, using my kiln. I also practise the copper-foiling methods devised by Tiffany for his windows. A substantial part of my work involves repairing damaged original stained glass.
I work with building developers, ensuring that new, beautiful leaded light windows are installed into traditional buildings – enhancing the appearance of the local area.
I also lead teaching sessions, either in groups or individually.
In 2003, I started making a range of glass decorative items: for example mirrors, hearts, angels and tealight holders as well as Christmas items such as stars, trees and robins. This side of my business has become an increasingly large part of my work, with interest coming from many sources. I exhibit at shows and fairs. And now sell directly to high class galleries and gift shops and an on-line gift catalogue.
I try to use very beautiful glass in my products, sometimes even incorporating antique glass.