Through the past 25 years as a glass artist I have explored the idea of garden through my work.
As an avid gardener I have a passionate interest in flowers. In the summer I spend each morning wandering amongst the new blooms to cut a flower from the chaos of the garden display for the bouquet in the house. During the winter months I focus on my imaginary garden, expressing the joy of flowers in my blown glass objects.
Beginning with the my original ‘Flower Vase’ series through the ‘Flowering Vine Vessel’ series and again in the body of work titled ‘Epergne’, I sought to examine how glass has been used historically and how it could be brought forward in a contemporary way to continue to adorn the home. My latest project extends this exploration to the ‘Large Flower Vase’ pieces. When I think of gardens I think of something larger than life. They are a physically manipulated, living space that can, not only surround you, but also overpower you. These ideas have fed into the new blown vessels as they take on a larger, more voluptuous form. These pieces capture the beauty of the blooming on vessels, which reference historic forms that have evolved with a contemporary style.
We are all constantly surrounded by something. The landscape that surrounds us shapes us and influences us as we function within it. In my continuing series of ‘Wired Forms’ the wired landscape, in its complexity, transforms the simple glass form. The ‘Wire Form’ series explored the combined use of glass and metal in a more sculptural format. This series liberated my work from the constraints of the functional vessel and has lead to the development of the ‘Garden Columns’. I have worked with scale to create a presence; they demand that observers engage with them in a more physical and direct way. Using numerous columns to define a space, I incorporate light through the multiple transparent or opaque glass elements. Drawing on natural and abstracted forms I have created a series of work, which is harmonious and compelling through the seasons.