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After twelve years as a reportage and portrait photographer, I developed an interest in working with glass. As photography escaped the darkroom and became a digital process, I found myself attracted to traditional craftsmanship and to skills that offered a more hands-on, tactile experience.

Eventually, I decided to synthesize the two.

Between 2001 and 2003 I studied Glass and Fine Art at Central St Martin’s College. It was there that I started silk-screening my black and white photographs onto glass. I juxtaposed related pictures and created collages that told a story that couldn’t be captured in a single image.

These pieces were built as panels and displayed in different ways – wall mounted,  in custom made light-boxes or naturally backlit and have been exhibited around the United Kingdom.

The combination of techniques reflects a theme I like to explore – the co-existence of the new with the old. And it enabled me to develop a more personal, graphic style.

In 2005 I joined Lead & Light, a well-established Glass Studio in North London’s Camden Town, where I worked for over a decade as Principle Designer and Glass Cutter. This experience has given me the opportunity to develop such traditional skills as Etching, Lead Working, Laminating, Copper Foiling and Glass Painting which I studied at the Swansea Institute in 2010.

Today, my work falls into two distinct categories:

Traditional – reproductions and restorations of Glass Art using conventional and time-honored techniques.

Contemporary – commissions that combine a variety of techniques, old and new, to create a bold and very modern, illustrative style.

My glass, both contemporary and traditional, is used in domestic, corporate and public settings. I work closely with my clients to ensure we employ the right techniques, the right process and the right materials to create the exact effect they are trying to achieve.