I’m told my glass has a retro look about which would make sense as I’m very into the 60’s mod culture, but don’t intentionally set out to have that look.
I work free hand, very rarely having a set design in my head before I start. I just stand at my table, look at the colours of the glass in front of me and go from there. Sometimes a design may spring out of a piece of glass that cut incorrectly in the first place (that happens a lot) and that will then inspire a design.
All my pieces are unique, but I will make similar pieces in the clear range but even these will never be the same as I don’t measure strips or keep patterns.
How did your Etsy shop come into being?
I discovered Etsy from a work friend who is from the US and was then reintroduced to it by Brisstyle. When I joined you needed to have an Etsy shop. I think it’s a great site for getting a wide audience to see your work and I have a lot of US fans. I have only had half a dozen or so sales on Etsy, I guess because the shipping is costly but I have shipped to the US and received orders from the US to send to family in Australia.
Who or What inspires you?
I am inspired by the colours of the glass I use and as mentioned earlier I love retro styles. I also obtain inspiration my from little group of Brisstyle buddies as we all have the same highs and lows and it’s great to have that network of friends that really understand.
Do you ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ as part of your creative process? If yes, how is your art / craft eco-friendly?
My studio used to be our dining table (not very Health and Safety compliant) it them moved onto a table tennis table (kids weren’t happy with this set up) so my husband has made me a table in our garage. The only problem is he’s made it for his height and not mine so I have to stand on a block of wood to work. It’s not very glamorous and the lighting sucks but it does for now.
What is your favorite thing in the shop at the moment?
I love my new Union Jack platter mainly because it worked! When I first fused it, it spread to far and dripped over the edge of my shelf. I needed to cut the edges off and re fuse it. I then thought it was going to be too big for the mold but it has worked and I’m very happy with it.
I have a second favourite which is a candle holder that never made it into the shop. This was originally made out of left over strips, just playing really but turned out like a piece of beautiful coral.