Recently graduated from Wrexham Glyndwr University from Applied Arts, I make beautiful vessels from glass utilising the technique of Pate de Verre.
I have always been a creative hands-on person so it was a natural progression for me to choose an Applied Art degree where I would be able to try and learn about Craft in it's true form. I found myself drawn to Glass in my first year of studying. I was fascinated by the way that light interacts with Glass and it's ability as a material to have so many different potentials from one origin.
I started to learn the technique of Pate de Verre in my second year of studying Applied Arts and soon fell in love with the technique. I was so intrigued in experimenting within the boundaries of Pate de Verre; how a few fraction of degrees could make all the difference, how colours would react differently and how to manipulate the thickness of each vessel for aesthetic appeal or plainly for balance. I have always been drawn to colour I find it particularly beautiful how colour reflects through glass, therefore it was only a matter of time until I found how to incorporate colour into my work. I use a unique form of frit-tinting where I place glass powder to outside of the Pate de Verre before fusing.
This technique taught me just how impressive but also how demanding glass could be, I hope to keep learning from it.