I started blowing glass when I first became an apprentice at the age of 16. Following the completion of my degree in Glass Design at Edinburgh College of Art, I was awarded the prestigious Broadfield House scholarship studio. This year, I have launched my own independent glass blowing studio based in Clavering, Essex. My work is fully hand made using traditional blowing and finishing techniques. Much of the work features multiple overlays of colour and clear glass, which are revealed through the cold-working process. Techniques such as cutting, grinding and sandblasting add refinement with a clean finish, as well as combining the use of texture. Although the process of crafting each piece is often highly complex, the end results appear effortlessly stunning. I strive to capture the unique ability of glass to carry both light and colour. It is these two basic qualities, which drive every new design from sketchbook to final polish. Other themes running through my work include the exploration of texture, pattern and layering distinctive combinations of colour to add a sense of intrigue. Forms are modern, understated, fluid and elegant.