1. How did you become a glass maker?
As a material glass is attractive to most - and perhaps in a large part this is due to it’s unique quality to hold and transfer light.
My Father, who is an architect, probably first brought my attention to the material of glass and its importance in buildings to bring us light , and allow the outside into a buiding. My mother who was a dancer, so I grew up surrounding by the arts and was encouraged to be creative.
I was drawn to making from an early realisation of the difference between using the Alessi kettle (designed by Richard Sapper) and other white goods in my childhood kitchen. Unlike white goods, the kettle took on a purpose that went beyond its utilitarian function. This vision to put poetry into objects, which create our surroundings, continues to inspire me.
2. Which glassmakers crafts people, writers, musicians are inspiring?
Agnes Martin - for her paintings, writings and thinking on beauty. She has a clarity to her writing that is honest and straight to the point. She reminds the maker to be true to themselves, true to their idea. She asks of an artist to live an inspired life and to strip away all the extra information that surrounds the true essence of a piece and the true essence of an art practice.