I mainly make “one of one” paperweights in the Classic French style with canes, such as my picture and rose canes, which are unique to me. There are no others like them, mainly because I am self taught in these techniques so that my cane work is very different to anyone else’s. I do not use millefiori except to create my complex murine.
The photos of the paperweights start at or near the beginning and show a progression as my art evolves over the years, they may not be the best weights made but are a good representation for the time period.
My inspiration for the special canes, is in the flora, fauna and surroundings of the Scottish Borders where we live and work.
Picture cane murine hold a special interest, and is the most difficult technique to master. “Marilyn”, “Girl” and “Serene” each took weeks to make, making them very time consuming projects with no guarantee of success.