Art is where work meets love
I was born and brought up in the North East of England. Traditional art was not my strong point during my academic years’ and so my career path ended up taking me into Sports and Remedial Massage. I ran a small business as a Remedial Massage Therapist in Co. Durham and Teesdale and this combined with work in the fitness industry kept me busy and active for some years.
In 1998 I was forced to retire from this work completely due to injury. I also left behind my home county and began my journey around the country.
The next 14 years saw me living in many different counties and working within various fields, whilst my husband and I concentrated our efforts on furthering his career and bringing up a family.
During this time my love affair with glass began…I was given a fused glass, wire wrapped necklace by my sister as a birthday present. Quite delicate and clear with a hint of dichroic pink…a very simple and clean but it had me hooked: my passion had been ignited.
As a distraction from the everyday domestication of life with small children, my husband gave me a gift certificate for a Glass Fusing Weekend early in 2004…what a weekend, I was blown away and I have never looked back.
Being predominantly self taught, I have attended many and varied fused glass workshops with many great fused glass artists and enthusiasts, and they have all readily shared their knowledge and love of this fantastic and versatile medium with me.
Many house moves made it difficult for me to maintain a working studio but a move back North in 2012 and indeed, settling in Yorkshire, has enabled me to put down some roots and foundations… The Glasshouse was established in 2014.
I continue to be as transfixed by glass today as I always have been, my interest never wanes…I find glass to be a fascinating and tactile medium…I have learnt so, so much and yet, still have so much more to learn and I look forward, very much, to that continued journey…