In 2004 after a career in social housing, I decided to do something totally different and I joined the Portfolio Course at Hereford College of Art. This course gave me the opportunity to have a go at a wide range of arts and crafts. I was drawn towards the 3D workshop as the range of tools and equipment was mesmerising, plus it was quieter so I could just get on with things without waiting. I am not a patient person!
Since completing this part time course I have studied many crafts in more detail including evening classes in blacksmithing and welding, and workshops in bronze casting, stone carving, glass fusing and silver smithing. I worked for 2 years with Caro Burberry who introduced me to a wide range of approaches and techniques to sculpture making. All this help and support has given me an insight into how different materials work and what I can, and cannot, achieve.
In 2008 I started “Arts in the Marches”, organising garden sculpture exhibitions and various craft workshops and showcasing local artists’s work. I am a founder member of Made in Ross, an arts and crafts collective based in the Market House in the centre of Ross-on-Wye. Since “retiring” totally from social housing in 2017 I have had more time to develop my own work, making garden sculptures in metal, glass and stone, plus smaller items from fused and recycled glass. I particularly enjoy the challenges of working with recycled materials and found objects and the joy of repurposing.