I am a lampwork artist and produce my own handmade glass beads. I began producing my own handmade glass beads over 15 years ago when I took a class at The Glass Hub in Bath. I fell in love with lampworking straight away. Lampworking is a type of glasswork where a torch is primarily used to melt glass. The glass I use comes in rod form and many different colours. Once in a molten state, the glass is formed by blowing, stretching, and shaping many layers with tools and hand movements on a steel rod to form a bead. They are then slowly cooled is a digitally controlled kiln, known as annealing. Annealing of glass is an important process of slowly cooling hot glass objects after they have been formed, to relieve residual internal stresses introduced during making of the bead. These one-of-a-kind glass beads I make are then used in making my bespoke jewellery. I mainly use sterling silver findings in my jewellery but also gold vermeil and different coloured copper wire and findings. I will have a selection of European style big hole beads, necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings, and other glass decorations.
I was intrigued by clay from an early age. After a ceramics degree and teachers certificate I taught in a wide variety of schools for but finally became disillusioned and left teaching. A successful career in IT and Help Desk management followed before taking a break to care for my family. I combined homemaker duties with work as an animation assistant, learnt sign language, facilitated a variety of art projects in local schools and set up a pottery in a prison. My first love remained clay so I now work in the converted basement of our home overlooking the Bristol Channel.
My inspiration comes from a variety of natural forms, exquisite flowers to robust seed heads; lidded forms reference artichokes, open vessels are inspired by water lilies. I enjoy the challenge of working with porcelain, it requires exact handling at each stage of production. It has great strength and yet may appear elegant and delicate. My work exploits the subtle differences that can be achieved in form and texture when using porcelain. Pots are thrown on the wheel, intricately carved, then sections are polished or glazed to create contrasting surface areas.
I combine my love of beach combing and upcycling in gathering materials for my work. I create whimsical scenes which reflect my love of coastal living. My pieces are decorative and also practical including bookends and key holders. I sell through Doghead design studio in Clevedon craft centre, and local markets and craft fairs.
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Enamels, Mixed Media
Caroline is an artist who works with enamelled copper and mixed media to create her ornamental pieces. She has been enamelling for over 10 years after attending a short course where she fell in love with the ability to use bright vibrant colours to produce pieces with a quirky appeal. She likes to combine objects from the past with her enamel work creating unique pieces. During lockdown she experimented with mixed media sculpture and is enjoying combining the two mediums. She will be at the Coach House in Brockley during Arts week.
From the A370 turn onto Brockley Lane. Take the first left into Brockley Hall Estate. Then follow the pink flags.
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