I graduated from Sunderland University in 2001 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Glass, Architectural Glass and Ceramics. After working at Aaronson Noon Ltd, a glass blowing company in London, I returned to the North East to study at Sunderland University, achieving an MA in Glass in 2004.
During my MA studies I attended engraving classes taught by Anne Roxborough at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. I was awarded ‘Runner’ up in the David Peace Prize competition for my piece “Bumblebees” a blown glass vase that I had created and hand engraved. Commissions include the ‘Britain in Bloom 2004’ Sunderland entry in collaboration with Sunderland University and the ‘Newcastle-Gateshead Cup 2004 trophy’ in collaboration with designer Kimberly Imwiehe and Creativity Works. I joined the Guild of Glass Engravers in the same year and achieved Craft Membership in 2005.
After graduating I worked at Crystal Galleries, a glass engraving company in Middlesbrough, before accepting the post of Technician Demonstrator (specialising in glass and ceramics) at Cleveland College of Art and Design, Middlesbrough. I achieved a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education qualification from Hartlepool College of Further Education in 2011 and now teach at CCAD, providing adult evening classes in glass and ceramics.
As an active member of the GGE I continue to develop my skills in glass engraving and I regularly exhibit work in Guild exhibitions. I often make my own blown glass pieces which I then embellish with drill engraved intaglio designs.
I find inspiration in the natural environment and in particular, birds and insects.