Welcome to Studio-Shards handmade fused glass artwork
Studio Shards has been my opportunity to fulfil a lifetimes ambition. To produce art work that I love to make and that people love to receive. Art has been my passion! For as long as I can remember I have felt driven to create, whether to paint ,draw, sculpting...whenever I had an opportunity to do something arty I've done it. First and foremost I sketched and painted and still do, but I had an opportunity to try fused glass and I was hooked. Over the last seven years I have developed my craft though I am self taught . I was drawn to fragility,the diversity and I love the rich colours and the excitement of opening up the kiln to see what alchemy has occurred. Five short years ago I took a leap of faith and left teaching in a large secondary school to give me greater flexibility for my family and start up my business, I haven't looked back.
Inspired by living close to the coast in Sussex and spending a great deal of time in Cornwall, my artwork possesses a clearly organic character. Walking, being immersed in the landscape in all weathers and looking at nature is an essential part of my practice. I've always been fascinated with the flotsam and jetsam that washes up on the beach . I often pick things up, whether because of the texture, the colour or shape. It's hard to be selective ... It's like treasure!
However, other pieces have been born out of my desire to produce something personalised, beautiful and memorable to celebrate those we love. I have found that the intricate work with the glassshards perfectly reflects the complexity and wild nature of the sea and can provide texture to enhance the tactile qualities of my work. Good examples of this are my signature pieces; the 'Shard bowl 'and 'The Waves 'I have learnt that each commission regardless of size and qjuantity requires the same amount of care and precision. you wish to commission me to create a special one off piece I would be delighted to hear from you!
My workshops have increased in diversity and popularity ,many returning with more friends because one session is never enough!
My work can be seen and is for sale at; Sussex Prairies, The Green Tree Gallery Borde Hill and 'The Sharksfin 'Restaurant in Mevagissey. Contemporary fused glass art work, personalised gifts, celebration pieces and homeware for gardens and home.
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