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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.
For the last few years, alongside working in glass, I've been writing a children's book inspired by the magical world of glass-blowing. Last summer, I was lucky enough to win a £3,000 'Northern Writers' Award' from New Writing North, supported by Northumbria University and Arts Council England. Aside from the financial aspect of the award, knowing that someone in the industry has seen promise in my work is a real confidence booster. More than that, though, as any struggling writer knows, finding an agent is often the hardest step, and whilst I've not yet found representation, the doors the award has opened - thanks to New Writing North - have been invaluable in helping my submission stand out from the crowd.
The closing date for this year's award is February 2nd so, whether you're an enthusiastic writers' group member, or a closet-writer like me, my advice would be to give it a go. All the info you need can be found on the New Writing North website:
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