Archive

This “Archive” show photographs of my work that we have kept as a record of my achievements in the world of glass, from my first pieces made in 1981 to now.

It also demonstrates a progression, as I learn and understand this medium.  I  try to describe the techniques that are used.

Please note that none of these pieces are for sale.

 

 

 

 

  • Made in 1981. During 3 days of the summer of that year Glenn (the blower of the team I was in) and myself asked if we could come in and try out some "studio" glass ideas. Being a lowly gatherer at that time I was quite pleased with these two, of many pieces made during that time. Some remained to be sold in the Wedgwood shop, others given away at a later date. These are 2 of the 5 that remain in my possession. Although I started work as an apprentice in 1974, these pieces represent the start of my career. Note the first murine in one of the glasses.

  • From about 1987. I earned the title "master" at Welsh Royal Crystal, and I now know that it doesn't mean much (no-one could ever master glass, there are too many areas to cover), but I had worked hard to "chair" a team. These were my "firsts", my first go at "vetro a retortoili" and of making an 18th C style filigree stem.

  • Between 1989 to 1998. At Lindean Mill Glass I was employed as production master, making tableware in the Swedish style. But I always felt that I was loosing skills, and so practiced on more complex pieces using the cane work techniques I loved. This was made over a number of dinner breaks during my time there. 1989-98.

  • Between 1989 to 1998. Another of my projects made at Lindean Mill, "Spirit of Nature, Life and Light"- the stamens could be removed from the three flowers for candles to be used in their place. The centre bud was the candle snuffer. Made sometime between 1989-98.

  • Made about 2003 at Twists Glass Studio, a one of one. About this time I experimented with the reverse axis/parison technique. I had been using incalmo cups with cane work in for a while and wanted to take it further. This was one of the pieces at my solo exhibition at "Primavera Gallery" in Cambridge, this was one of the returns which I kept.

  • Circa 2007. A one of one. I was into working off the plate (pastorale) doing roll-up techniques, on this particular day I had two murine pick-up's and this on plates ready to go. The murine ones didn't work out great, but I had time so made this. It was the first time I had picked up rondels, so didn't know what to expect, but after 20 minutes I gained control (all the pieces are separate on the plate) and this was made. The base is an incalmo cup consisting of 4 sections, the main body is formed from latticinio and vetro a fili rondels spaced with triangular murine.

  • 2006 I made this at a Dick Marquis masterclass course up in Lybster, Wick, Scotland which I attended. As students we were asked to design and make a car in glass that would float in water. This was mine, an incalmo design with a caterpillar as the driver. We then had to race them down a ramp through flames at the bottom, the one that went the furthest won.

  • 2006 I made this at a Dick Marquis masterclass course up in Lybster, Wick, Scotland which I attended. As students we were asked to design and make a car in glass that would float in water. This was mine, an incalmo design with a caterpillar as the driver. We then had to race them down a ramp through flames at the bottom, the one that went the furthest won.

  • I attended a Dick Marquis masterclass course up in Lybster, Wick, Scotland in 2006. As students we were asked to design and make a car in glass that would float in water. Mine is an incalmo design with a caterpillar as the driver. We then had to race them down a ramp through flames at the bottom, the one that went the furthest won.

  • I attended a Dick Marquis masterclass course up in Lybster, Wick, Scotland in 2006. As students we were asked to design and make a car in glass that would float in water. Mine is an incalmo design with a caterpillar as the driver. We then had to race them down a ramp through flames at the bottom, the one that went the furthest won.

  • Made in 2017, a newer piece in our collection, "Lyra"- a flattened  merletto body flanked either side by a large blue corkscrew zanfirico cane. Merletto translated means lace, and is my favourite cane work technique, the close-up (next photo) shows the pattern it produces.

  • Made in 2017, a newer piece in our collection, "Lyra"- a flattened  merletto body flanked either side by a large blue corkscrew zanfirico cane. Merletto translated means lace, and is my favourite cane work technique, the close-up (next photo) shows the pattern it produces.

  • 2018 - Finely made footed bowl, consisting of fine black vetro a fili, flashed purple, gold leaf with a large centre murine "Girl", standing on a fine black vetro a fili foot, finely edged in black to match the rim.

  • 2018 - Finely made footed bowl, consisting of fine black vetro a fili, flashed purple, gold leaf with a large centre murine "Girl", standing on a fine black vetro a fili foot, finely edged in black to match the rim.