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When light travels through glass it changes subtly.

As an expressive medium glass allows me to bounce light onto surfaces, bathe rooms in soft colour and accentuate texture with a multitude of shifting hues and reflections.

If you want to know what's happening in my studio, see pictures of my current glass work or just read some of my occasional ramblings about glass, crafts and business then click the social media icons at the top of the page or read my blog.

ABOUT ME:

 

I began working in the arts in the summer of 1987 after four years study at Cornwall College, later Falmouth School of Art. I worked as a print and advertising designer for 25 years but continued my arts education with further training in wheel-thrown ceramics (with Rowan Fawdon at Ashtree Pottery), sculpture techniques (at mid-Cornwall College), silversmithing (with master silversmith Ralph Rowe) and glass fusing (with the wonderful Michela Doniselli) attaining several qualifications and working in a well known glass factory for experience.

 

In 2012 I finally gave up design work to become a full time artist-maker. Now it's just me and my kilns!  I live with my wife on the north Cornwall coast, a stone's throw from the beach and the famous Bude Canal nature reserve. 

I find inspiration in the natural beauty of my surroundings and I try to combine these influences in my current work with decorative, functional and sculptural elements, various techniques and mixed materials.

COMMISSIONS:

COMMISSIONS

Height-Chart

Height-Chart

This commission replicates a height-chart created over 18 years by the clients to mark the growth of their children. Each coloured bar represents another six months growth. When they moved house they wanted to take the markings with them in the form of a sculpture which has deep personal meaning.

Poppy Door

Poppy Door

Fused transparent red glass poppies with light green stems and leaves on an internal door.

Pulled Glass Centrepiece Bowl

Pulled Glass Centrepiece Bowl

Over 1,000 pieces of hand-pulled glass arranged in a chic urban colourway for an amazing table centrepiece.

White River Bowl

White River Bowl

This bowl was created as gift for a charity auction in St Austell, Cornwall, where the White River flows. The winning bidder then had me create matching table settings to go with his new centre-piece.

Wall-Mounted Fused Triptych.

Wall-Mounted Fused Triptych.

Vibrant, hand-cut, abstract landscape composed partly of opaque glass frits on a bed of interlocking translucent coloured glass ribbons. This piece was commissioned by a couple in Dorset to reflect the colours of the Jurassic coast where they live.

Hand-Painted Door Panels.

Hand-Painted Door Panels.

Each panel  240mm x 950mm. Door panels can be opaque (opalescent), as here, or fully transparent. Painted with enamels or created with coloured glass.

Shaped Kitchen Splashback.

Shaped Kitchen Splashback.

900mm wide, 650mm high. The arched top was ground to shape to match the profile of the cooker-hood above before being fire-polished. Mounted directly to the wall with chromed dome-capped mirror screws. The design is intended to evoke the old-fashioned hearth with a fire in it.

Kiln-carved Poem Bowl.

Kiln-carved Poem Bowl.

This bowl has a smooth wavy pattern incised into it's base and gold calligraphy spiralling around it's surface with the owner's favourite poem..

Custom Door Handles.

Custom Door Handles.

Created for a specialist carpentry atelier in London, as set of over twenty custom door handles with cast brushed-stainless-steel bases and opalescent fused glass tops.

Small Bathroom Splashback.

Small Bathroom Splashback.

Commissioned by a customer who already had a matching mirror in her house and wanted something to compliment it.

Wall Decor in Production.

Wall Decor in Production.

This is the matching wall mounted panel to accompany the cloakroom splashback listed here. I include this picture to give a sense of scale when compared with the other piece in this set.

Cloakroom Basin Splashback.

Cloakroom Basin Splashback.

This splashback depicts the sunny summer beach life here on the north Cornwall coast.  Opaque glass with a lower-fired finish to add a vibrant, tactile, textured finish.

Cottage Door Port-hole.

Cottage Door Port-hole.

This is a 17cm flat version of my signature fish bowl which a talented young man has installed in a solid wood door in his cottage.  Gives you ideas for your own "grand design", doesn't it?

Enameled Basin Sink.

Enameled Basin Sink.

Large fused-slab enamelled basin. 500mm diameter slab basin in turquoise and clear art glass with enamelled mackerel design and pop-up chrome waste fitting.

Bathroom Shelves.

Bathroom Shelves.

This customer had created a fantastic en-suite extension and tiled it in lovely pale travertine but couldn't find the ideal material to make a deep shelf which would add contrast and a 'watery' design element whilst keeping the very grown-up feel of the room. The answer was tack-fused glass, which allows microscopically thin sheets of air to become trapped between the layers and give an almost irridescent effect.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Is everything here really made by you?

Yes, I make everything you see here myself, by hand. I don't use commercial production machinery to increase my output and I don't have any employees or assistants. Every piece of glass is selected by me, hand-cut, hand assembled, hand-painted and fired in my own workshop in Bude. I also drill, polish, clean, pack and post everything myself. I write all my own advertising, manage my own website and Facebook posts, do my own photography (yeah, sorry about that) and pour my own tea!

I also believe in making small differences in the world so I nearly always use recycled packaging (so should you) and the only 'embedded energy' in my work is in the delivery of the glass and the electricity used to fire my kilns (and I'm doing a bit of carbon offsetting here).

 

What kind of glass is this?

The glass I use is a fine soda/lime art-glass from one single foundry in the United States. I only use art glass because it's optically clear and available in hundreds of vivid transparent and opaque colours from the same source. Unfortunately fusible art glass isn't made in the UK and for the best quality it has to be imported.

 

Some glass fusers use ordinary window glass (also known as 'float' glass) in their work, which you can easily identify by it's distinct green hue when viewed end-on. True art-glass is between fifteen and twenty times the price of float but, for me, float is simply not of high enough quality for my work or for my customers.

 

How do you charge for commissions?

All original design work and quotations are free and without obligation. When a design is approved by a customer I ask for 50% of the final cost of the commission to be paid so that raw materials and energy costs are all covered.

Please email me with your dimensions and design requirements and I will reply with a price for you. I will usually get a quotation back to you within 48 hours.

 

How long are your lead times?

3-4 weeks for most commissions. It may be possible to shorten the lead time so please let me know me if this is important to you.

 

Is the glass easy to maintain?

Yes, modern art glass is beautifully glossy and easy to clean with warm soapy water. I wouldn't put any of my vessels in a dishwasher though, as the mechanical washing and added salt would dull the lovely gloss of the fire-polished glass.

 

It's also important to note that the art glass I use isn't toughened and can be broken like any glass. However, the thickness of the glass and the way it is annealed in the kiln (to relieve any stress the glass is held at over 400 centigrade and 'soaked' for an hour as it cools) means that it's no easier to break than any glassware you may have in your home. When I display my work at exhibitions and shows I actively encourage people to handle it, just to show how robust it is.

 

I would like to learn how to fuse glass, do you offer classes?

Yes! During the off-season (October-April) I teach classes at my workshop studio in Bude, Cornwall.

I can teach you all you need to know to get you up-and-running as a glass fuser. Contact me to book a date.

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Poppy Door

Fused transparent red glass poppies with light green stems and leaves on an internal door.