I attended the
north east University of Sunderland for four years studying for a
degree in Glass, Architectural glass and Ceramics. Here I learnt many
different techniques within the glass field. I specialised in Architectural
glass and began to design and make traditional stained glass windows.
After leaving university I went to work for a double glazing manufacture, Pennine Home Improvements based in the Newcastle-upon-Tyne area. Here I broadened my skills within the glass industry, I learnt how to design and produce leaded windows specifically for double glazed units. The technique for these are totally different to producing stained glass windows, these consist of a method of over lapping lead and using film for colour. Using this type of method I have been able to produce a range of intricate designs and colours which are not always possible in stained glass manufacture.
I have worked in the double glazing industry for five years until recently, when I was made redundant. Using my skills from university and the new skills I have learnt I decided to set up my own business making leaded mirrors.
I started off in a workshop in the garden, here I designed, handcrafted and finished off my mirrors. Once I had enough stock built up I decided to attend art and craft fairs.
I now have my own fully fitted workshop where everything is handcrafted and finished to the highest quality. My business is called Reflections and consists of a combination of traditional methods of manufacturing stained glass windows and modern upvc methods. Bringing the old and new methods together enables me to design and hand craft many unique designs to produce something different.
All of my products are individually designed making each one unique.