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I studied enamelling in London in 1980 and spent the next 23 years perfecting the craft. I joined the Guild of Enamellers and took part in many of their workshops. I was awarded an Associate in 1998.
I discovered dichroic glass five years ago which, like enamel, is fired in a kiln, and I have become completely absorbed with the medium.
Dichroic glass was originally made for NASA and the main characteristic is that each piece of glass has two colours, one transmitted and one reflected.
I design the piece, then cut, grind and fuse the dichroic onto art glass at a temperature of around 800c; it is then left in the kiln until cold. Some pieces require three or more firings and some have a final cap of clear glass to magnify the effect. Sterling silver fittings are used.
I never tire of working with this fascinating medium; each piece that comes out of the kiln is different and the possibilities are endless.