Sarah graduated with a First in Applied Arts in 2010, she specialised in glass and used illustration in her work. She has built her practise from her studio in Gloucestershire, using illustrative fusing techniques to create flat panels inspired by the everyday. However, more recently she’s been exploring casting and her work has become more 3-Dimensional. Her interest is in exploring how different techniques and minute temperature changes can alter the glass. She uses a wide range of techniques and processes within her pieces and finds ways to replicate surfaces and textures as closely as possible with such an unlikely material.
Her current collection – Good Enough to Eat, further fuelled this exploration and was exhibited as part of the Collect Open series at the Collect Art Fair. Since the pandemic she has been inspired by the symbolism held in rituals which were taken from us for a time, eg: Afternoon Tea.
“Cake for me has far more significance than just something to eat, it’s the invitation to sit with friends or family and chat, that gift to tell someone you’re thinking of them and that opportunity to just pause. A symbol of something so normal, the ritual of going for a celebratory afternoon tea; was for us fragile, gone in an instant. The physical connections we have with each other cut in a flash, replaced with a digital alternative and now we can see each other again it’s something so precious.”
This current body of work’s enabled Sarah to explore new ways of storytelling through glass, playing with installation ideas, and extensively researching and experimenting ways to manipulate glass using a kiln, combining techniques to turn something so brittle, hard and well, totally inedible into a form that appeared to take on the soft, sweet and incredibly edible appearance.