I returned to Edinburgh and finally took the plunge into building my own glass studio in Edinburgh, which opened in January 2009 and I now run full time making sculpture, giftware, commissions and teaching classes.
I’m inspired by the intricate details of life and my work is essentially a representational comment on the world around me as well as a constant challenge to my technical abilities. There are very few glass disciplines I have not tried and I’ve even mastered a couple of them too! I mostly work with kiln-formed glass, which essentially requires much planning and preparing of the glass, whether that is with molds or applying enamels, prior to placing it in the kiln and programming it to heat and cool the glass in a certain way. It can sometimes take weeks to prepare a firing, only to have the resulting work fail due to some unexpected problem I didn’t foresee, but it is this troubleshooting element that I relish and keeps me engaged with the material.”