I first came into contact with glassblowing in 2008, at the University for the Creative Arts Farnham (UCA), and was instantly mesmerized. After watching one of the students create a small bowl from a molten gather of glass, I knew this was the career I wanted to pursue. I very shortly enrolled on the undergraduate program for glass under the tuition of Colin Webster, where I was able to learn through experimentation and a focus on design. After completing my BA in Three Dimensional Design in 2011, I went on to work at several different studios in and around London.
One of the studios, in Cranleigh, Surrey, had just been set up by the former glass technician at Farnham, Jake Mee. Whilst I was studying, we had worked together producing large blown sculptures involving various colour overlaying techniques. Now in his own studio, we worked on different projects from short courses to the production of different ranges of 'Smithbrook Glass'.
From 2012 to 2013, I returned to UCA to carry out an artist residency program. This opportunity entailed devoting one to two days a week tutoring students in exchange for studio access. It was here that I was able to put into practice all the knowledge I had acquired through assisting. This gave me the chance to develop the 'Heria' and 'Contours' Series. Besides practical tutoring, I also taught drawing classes. I had time to further elaborate my own bodies of work, as well as frequently work alongside other designers and artists blowing work for them.
As my Heria series took off, I had a thirst to develop my skills in cutting glass. Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg produce some of the world's best blown and cut glass, incorporating Swedish blowing with Italian cutting techniques. Between 2013 and 2015, I was lucky enough to be their assistant and in-house glass cutter, where I was exposed to many different lathe cutting styles. Through repetition and practice, I was able to develop my cutting skills and move on to more complicated cuts, enhancing my skills. I worked with them in Paris, and subsequently helped them move their studio to Wales.
After my time with Baldwin & Guggisberg, I returned back to London to take up a position with glass maestro Simon Moore. There I trained in the production of lampshades for Curiousa & Curiousa, further developing my skills at glassblowing. Alongside production, I aided Simon with the creation of design prototypes for various large scale production factories, as well as the making of his own personal work.