I love all types of glass art, but it is fused glass that has captured my heart and imagination. I love how glass is such a constructive medium to work with; how I am able to transform sheet glass into wonderfully tactile and aesthetic artworks. I am inspired by the qualities of glass, the way it can be either transparent or opalescent in nature, or both; and how heating these types of glass in a kiln generates depth and interest in a finished piece.
Originally from Putaruru in the South Waikato, now based in Cambridge, New Zealand, I fell passionately in love with glass art after recuperating from a serious illness. Until then I had enjoyed a career in nursing, but having to learn to walk again gave me a 'life's too short' moment, and I decided it was time to change my focus.
I work from my home studio in fused glass; a medium which is challenging and rewarding. Fused glass, is the heating of glass layers, powders, or shapes of glass in a kiln to many hundreds of degrees. The processes to produce one piece may involve several firings - many hours long each. I use many techniques to make my pieces, and it is an involved process of assembling, multiple firings, then coldworking to a quality finish.
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