I’ve been a professional craftsperson since 1989, when I graduated from the Sheridan College School of Crafts and Design in glass. I built and operated my own hot glass studio for 15 years, until children and job movements intervened. After some experimenting, I found myself naturally drawn to working with polymer, not least because it shares so many forming and colour techniques with glass.
I found that as I became more familiar with polymer, the skills that I had acquired from glass seemed to naturally apply themselves through my hands - I began to make and refine hollow forms in polymer. Then, naturally enough, I began to investigate surface decoration on those forms following the aesthetic I had begun to develop in glass! I think after 4 years of working with polymer I have ‘found my voice’, as they say!
Working with innovative forms and using texture, printing, painting, distressing and additive techniques, I have evolved a style framework that I love - and that I feel has a lot of room for growth and development in the future. I am starting to teach again, and I am so enjoying the opportunities I’ve had to pass on some methods that I think many people can take and develop in their own direction.
It all comes back to that still moment of creation and the intense satisfaction that (momentarily) accompanies it. It’s what I search for, every day!
Questions? I’m happy to answer any that you might have - just convo me.
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(So much to see, so little time! XOXOXO)