Artist

I have been working as a glass artist and educator for forty five years, setting up my first studio in Lincoln in the UK in1975.

In those younger days time had no relevance to my working day. The only constraint was my family, Pam and I married in 1971. We met at college, I was studying .....

I have been working as a glass artist and educator for forty five years, setting up my first studio in Lincoln in the UK in1975.

In those younger days time had no relevance to my working day. The only constraint was my family, Pam and I married in 1971. We met at college, I was studying glass art at Stourbridge College of Art and Pam was studying fine art painting. We had our first child, Bella, in 1972 and our second child, Morag, in 1975. So, by the time I set up my studio, I had responsibilities and in 1980, more responsibilities, we had our son, Duncan.

These days, I am very much a 9 to 5 artist and weekends are sacred. I have been lucky, in that my workshop has never been very far away from home. Today, in the village of Dickleburgh not far from Norwich, it is in my backyard, so a few steps from my back door and I am in my world of work.

It is a typical English winter as I write wet, cold and pretty miserable, so the warmth of the workshop is very welcome. The kilns have been on overnight, melting glass into moulds, the work is for the Habatat International Invitational, the piece is called Temptation of Lies and as all my work it reflects what is happening in the world around us today and is also keeping my workshop toasty warm!

I am working on wax figures for my next piece, Devil’s Arguing, it is 9.30am and Morag has arrived, she comes over a few days a week to do her own work, her three children are all at school now so she has time to create her own ideas in glass. She is also very useful in that she helps me place and remove heavy moulds from the kilns. The workshop is large enough for her to disappear into her work space, but at 11am we meet up for coffee in the house.

Pam comes down from her office upstairs; she is the administrator for the Contemporary Glass Society, the UK’s answer to GAS.

We all meet up again around 1pm for lunch. Morag has to leave around 2.30pm to pick the grandkids up from school, I carry on working and modelling the wax figures for the new piece and doing the occasional drawings in my sketch book as other ideas come into my head whilst listening to BBC Radio 4.

Around 5pm. I down tools, it is dark now and cold and the inglenook fire at the  local pub, the Crown at Burston is beckoning, we hit the bar at 6.30pm for a few drinks before dinner.

Not every day, I must stress, we have responsibilities!

Join us!

Habatat Glass invites you to celebrate the
47th year of our International Glass Exhibition.

We are extremely proud to have founded the oldest and largest annual glass exhibition in the world.
Grand Opening: Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm | Exhibition: May 4th – July 5th