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Jessica completed her B.A. degree in Glass & Ceramics in 2006, and M.A. in 2009, through the University of Sunderland at the National Glass Centre. She has found success in a number of competitions, undertaking a variety of exciting commissions for a diverse group of clients. Her ability to adapt and change her style to meet specific briefs, whilst still retaining a distinctive look to her work, is an important factor in her success. Whilst she enjoys the diversity and challenge of meeting a wide range of such commissions, Jessica’s real passion is for designing and making cast and kiln-formed glass.
Strong drawing skills underpin all aspects of Jessica’s work, as can be seen through her designs and her use of transfers applied directly on to glass.
I was delighted to have my work selected for the upcoming 'A Glass Act' exhibition at Bilston Craft Gallery, 'the largest dedicated craft gallery in the West Midlands'. Specialising in applied arts, Bilston Craft Gallery hosts a wide range of exhibitions, events and workshops, with 'A Glass Act' bringing together a carefully curated and diverse selection of tableware from contemporary glass makers. Work from my 'Transfer Bowl Range' will feature in the gallery exhibition, complemented by smaller items of my work in the gallery shop. The exhibition runs from 28th June until 30th August.
My work is also featured in this quarter's 'Glass Network' magazine, the Contemporary Glass Society's quarterly publication featuring news, articles and resources for contemporary glass artists. The article is part of the 'Inspired By' feature, a series of articles looking at the influences behind artists' work.
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