Who are you?
What type of artist are you?
Kiln Formed Glass
Do you have a background in art/design – when did you first start your creative journey?
I started my glass as a hobby in 2010 making smaller items like jewellery. In 2014 I started Shake Your Glass and have built it up to my full time business.
Can you describe your creative process?
For most of my current designs I have used the process of kiln forming glass. Using cut clear glass sheet to work on as my base, I then use glass enamel powders to create my twist on the landscapes from my photos. The glass is then kiln fired to form a smooth flat surface. To form it into a shaped piece it will then be fired for a second time over a ceramic former.
What or who inspires you?
I take my inspiration from wildlife, especially birds, along with my travel adventures. This is expressed in my glass design through imagery, colours and textures.
What do you enjoy most about the process?
I love experimenting with glass and developing skills to produce new designs.
Can you describe your studio/workspace?
My workshop is based in Portsmouth Guildhall as part of The Maker’s Guild collaborative. I have been on a residency scheme with them since July 2018. I have my own dedicated work area but share the space with a variety of creative makers whose wealth of knowledge is invaluable and motivating.
What keeps you going whilst you work?
I love music so turning up the radio and listening to my favourite rock channels is essential.
What can we expect to see from you on this years’ art trail?
I have finished 2 new collections that will be on show. Blossom which is rich pinks and mauves, perfect for Spring and Lava which is warm ambers and reds, inspired by my backpacking in Chile.
Where are you exhibiting?
Venue 83 – 30 Russet Gardens, PO10 8DQ. 30 Russet Gardens
Why did you want to take part in the trail?
I have taken part for the last couple of years, the artist community is supportive and I have made some great friends. I have also gained some loyal customers.
What are your artistic ambitions?
I am learning the art of casting glass so that I can progress to creating my designs into glass art sculptures.
Any other fun facts?!
The name Shake Your Glass comes from combining my passion for belly dancing and my glass works.