Monday, April 12, 2010


Meet Shirley, a lovable lass who enjoys a laugh or two. Shirley's are my hanging pieces I make which are constructed of numerous blown pieces which are then fitted together to form the whole. Shirley's are a lot of fun to make and I think there is a lot of scope to experiment with them. So far I have made five. The fifth is for a Cibo exhibition I will be apart of in late April so I will post some installation pics up as they happen.
For me, when I make them hot, they encompass what glass blowing is about. You are really letting the glass do what it wants to do. You are working with the glass, not against it. The assembly of a Shirley is entirely another challenge. I like seeing these random shapes fit together and begin to make a unified piece. Hidden pathways start to emerge through line and it is alway exciting to see a shirley grow.
I am looking forward to making a red one, move away from the pastels and see what happens...


  1. Mary told us to look at your blog and we were fascinated by your Shirleys, and share your enthusiasm with succulents. I want one of those lamps!!! Plus your photography is awesome. Well done. Cya next week.

    - Jill and Brittany

  2. Hey,

    Wow I haven't seen your stuff since your first exhibition. Loving it like a locust likes wheat! Is it just me or do Curtis and Phil look like Brendan??
    I love the garden series. I'm now imagining the new veggie garden as an inspiration.

    Sarah Mann

  3. Will you , or do you have a sales outlet other than shows??? I live in south Florida and would love to buy one of your peices. I love your Shirleys!!! The cactus are absolutely fantastic! I am a succulent collector and fanatic. Yours are just amazing! What an awesome skill to be able to create something so unique and beautiful.

  4. thank you so much julie, have had a few requests lately so thinking about trialing an etsy shop, will keep you posted