2013 was the start for a new creative adventure for me, I have always been fascinated by the look and techniques of working with glass and have on several occasions incorporated it with the pewter either with a commissioned piece of glass or much earlier in my career cast my own. In Jan this year I did a short glassblowing course at the Smithbrook Glassblowing studio in Surrey and was then hooked! I loved the way the glass added a element of colour to my work and how it worked perfectly when combined with the pewter.
I now go every month to work at the studio to make my designs and have begun exploring more experimental techniques blowing the glass directly onto the pewter, sometime with great results and others just left with a pool of pewter due to the extreme difference in molten temperatures. These are all part of the learning process and I am loving the challenge developing a new skill.
This year while showing at Pewter Live at The Worshipful Company of Pewterers I was very honoured to have one of my pewter and glass pieces chosen to present to the Countess of Wessex who was presenting the prizes at the award ceremony. Maybe not by Royal appointment yet, but I do now have a piece in a Royal household.