about the artist

Hilary finished a career in IT to become a professional glass worker specialising in kiln formed and cold worked glass. She began down this path after taking a Saturday morning course in stained glass at a local college. She found that constructing stained glass had many similarities with the dressmaking she had practiced through out her life especially “laying out and cutting the pattern to make the most of the material you have. Of course with glass, the cutting out does not always go to plan”.

When the opportunity came to volunteer for redundancy Hilary took it and looked round for way to gain more skills in glass. Beginning with a course at a local college and following this with two years at the International Glass Centre in Brierley Hill.

To her original skills in Stained glass she has now added kiln working, engraving and carving and glass blowing although she says she is unlikely to continue with the latter.

Hilary likes to make use of glass that others have no use for. She may add to it with new flat glass, powders and paints to make a stunning landscape or cold work it to take on a new 3D form. The work she creates demonstrates a grounding in the traditional skills associated with glass and an inherent understanding of glass qualities.