My vocation in glass began in 2010 with a Glaziers training award at Pugin, Hardman and Powell Studio in Birmingham. This gave me my first opportunity to experience glass-painting and stained glass restoration on larger projects in a commercial studio. I then set up my own studio in Manchester, where I make and restore domestic and ecclesiastical windows.
I enjoy working in a variety of styles and draw on a diverse range of techniques in order to meet the specific requirements of a project brief; from highly detailed glass painting to minimalistic, spacious designs that celebrate the fascination of the glass itself. Often a beautiful window panel can be produced without the restrictions of the lead-line, using fused, bonded or sandblasted glass to achieve a more contemporary feel. When approaching a commission I strive to realise the client’s vision as closely as possible; undertaking background research and suggesting the most appropriate construction method for the project.
In 2014, I won the Stevens Architectural Glass Competition and the Award for Craftsmanship for a window design for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, completing the commission later in the year. The project combined painted and fused glass, which led me indirectly to explore working with glass in a more sculptural way. I now produce 3D glass and metal outdoor artwork alongside my stained glass work.