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Julia graduated in 1988, and for the last 30 years has exhibited her glass around the world, as well as with galleries across the U.K.
For her most recent work she is focussing on one-off sculptural pieces.
She designs and engraves glassware because she loves the quality of light through colour and to produce accessible and decorative work that people enjoy seeing and owning.
The patterns are usually drawn directly from nature. They follow the flow of the handmade glass naturalistic images compliment this rather. Julia’s inspiration can be drawn from a microscopic form to the cosmos, but she does have a very strong attraction to anything aquatic.
Julia’s lead crystal bowls are hand blown to her specification and she draws and applies a unique stencil to each piece through which she can sandblast the pattern into the surface of the glass.
There are two strands of work, repeatable bowls and one-off forms. All the bowls are blown with one or to thin layers of colour on the inside surface of the bowl. The repeatable patterns are generally simplified or stylised motifs on one theme such as dragonflies or fish. With her one-off pieces, the form of the piece is important and is integral to the design. There is a greater degree of detail in the design, and swathes of extra colour are incorporated within the glass, and cut edges and the thickness of the crystal are used to distort and manipulate the pattern and light through the work.