(L-R) Cerulean Nautilus: 10 x 12 x 5 cm Tea Nautilus: 18 x 18 x 8 cm Jade Auger: 27 x 8 x 8 cm
With this piece, I have explored and combined the fragility of seashells with the raw heat of hot glass.
I was first inspired by the contrast between the harsh exterior of sea anemones and the delicate interior of the shell.
After further research I discovered the interior patterns of other shells, the chambers within them, and I felt compelled to explore this idea.
The pieces are very technique driven. I wanted to replicate the delicate interior structure in a way that defies the method of making.
By using techniques of making rather than surface decoration, it allowed me to explore in depth not only the idea itself, but also my skills as a glass craftsperson.
Shoal (2017) 57cm x 44cm x 100cm, 300cm height when installed
This piece was a site specific installation piece I designed with The Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in mind.
I spent a lot of peaceful hours in the Winter Gardens. I noticed during my time there how people naturally gravitated towards the Koi pond.
This piece was designed to hang above the courtyard and koi pond located within the gardens.
From a distance the work looks like a giant koi, with each individual component being a scale. But as you get closer to the piece it becomes obvious that it is a large group of koi, with each component becoming an individual with obvious scale patterning.
In keeping with the fish theme the individual pieces were suspended on fish hooks and line with a traditional blood knot.