How did your science background help your glassmaking?
If I hadn’t done engineering and then the medical job, I wouldn’t have understood glass as much as I do. Putting those three together completely made sense. I work with glass as a scientist – you have a concept, design the experiment, document the results and come to a conclusion.
How would you define your working process?
I think of something as an end point, so the 3D image is in my head, but that comes from lots and lots of research: reading around the subject, sketching, model-making, printmaking. There’s definitely a thrill of having something in your mind and then physically creating it.
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Where do you find inspiration for your works?
A like to make the glass as lightweight and fragile as possible. That is tied in with a complete fascination with birds. The two have come together, because it doesn’t make sense to have something inspired by a creature that is so light and fragile, and have a heavy piece of glass.
What do you love most about what you do?
I think it’s the freedom of being an artist. I love how this job can be totally different, that I can choose my own projects, my own research and get to work with a lot of fantastic people. I am grateful every day.