Clare is a glass maker/designer currently based in Hampshire, UK. She graduated in 2007 with a BA (Honours) in Glass from the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland. She was then fortunate enough to be selected for the two-year associate training program at JamFactory Contemporary Craft and Design in Adelaide, Australia. Here she was able to build and hone her glass blowing skills through a rigorous program focusing on design, prototyping, and production. On completion of the training program Clare became a studio tenant at the JamFactory where she continued to produce blown glass tableware which was sold throughout Australia. During her time in Australia she was part of a number of exhibitions including the 2011 Ranamok Glass Prize touring exhibition. In 2012 Clare returned to the UK.
Being part of the international glass community is important to Clare and she frequently travels as part of her practice. The opportunity to work with other skilled glass makers helps her to learn new skills and enhance those she already has. It also offers the chance to share ideas and design concepts and to get constructive feedback from her peers and leading makers. She has attended classes at Pilchuck Glass School as a student and teaching assistant and has been part of residency programs at the Glazenhuis in Lommel, Belgium, the Glass Department at the Edinburgh College of Art, UK and most recently at the Salem State University, MA, USA as part of the Rosenberg residency.
Her practice is split between producing unique works for exhibition and creating commissioned work for both individuals and businesses. Clare works primarily with cane and murrine techniques making functional art objects. Her choice of employing a muted pallet heightens her signature frenetic patterning. She is drawn to glass and working with cane in particular because of the technical challenges involved and the infinite possibilities available in the application of the technique. Clare’s long commitment to this material and its processes result in a skilled and sensitive body of work that continues to evolve.