I have been interested in glass as a medium for many years, and I have been lampworking since 2004. I enjoy learning new techniques and skills, and incorporating these into my own designs and creations. I have taken tuition from many, highly skilled, national and international lampwork artists, which was both extremely enjoyable and challenging. It is so rewarding to be able to put what you have learnt into practice in your own designs and to ultimately be able to pass these skills on to other lamp workers.
Lampwork was first developed in Italy, in approximately the 14th century and although the government of the day tried to keep the processes secret, the expertise and skills eventually spread to other countries. In 2016 I was fortunate to be able to go to the Italian island of Murano to see present day lampwork masters at work in their studios. It was a brilliant experience and I hope to be able to go again when travel is easier.
During the Open Studios event I will be demonstrating some of the techniques and equipment I use so you will be able to see what is involved in making lampwork items. If you are interested it might be possible for you to 'Have A Go' at lampworking yourself, depending on how the busy the studio is when you visit.
As I have already mentioned I really enjoy helping others develop their lampworking skills and run lampwork tuition sessions, both for beginners and more advanced student. Full details of my taster session, beginners and intermediate tuition are available on my website. www.lighthouseglass.co.uk
Visitors to the studio will be able to view my work, a selection of which is available for sale both in my studio and on my website: www.lighthouseglass.co.uk
I have taken part in Worcestershire Open Studios for several years and I am looking forward to being able to welcome people to my studio to take part in this exciting event which showcases the talent and expertise that Worcestershire has to offer.