I studied at the International Glass Centre, Brierley Hill, from 2007 and then part-time
until its closure in 2009. Initially my interest in glass was stimulated by stained
glass work, particularly the magnificent contemporary windows by the German artists
Schaffrath, Schreiter and Meisterman. However during my time at the IGC I fell under
the spell of hot glass and discovered some new heroes, Chihuly, Morris and Tagliapietro.
In late 2010 I joined a partnership with three other former Brierley Hill students,
Ian and Vic Bamforth and Stephen Foster, to launch the Stourbridge Glassblowing Studio
in the refurbished Ruskin Glass Centre in Amblesote, Stourbridge.
What a marvellous place in which to experience my new found freedom to create. The
Ruskin Glass Centre hosts numerous creative people working with glass. The addition
of a splendid cafe offering breakfast, lunch and tea makes this a great place to
visit. Check it out on www.ruskinglasscentre.co.uk
The Studio is available to hire, it has a furnace with a 50 kilogram pot of glass,
two glory holes and lehrs. I am in the studio making glass most Thursdays. My work
has only recently come onto the market and is on sale from the Studio and a few selected