Helen works with kiln formed glass and glass powders in her studio in the north west corner of the Wirral peninsula, creating textural, tactile glass artworks which are strongly influenced by her coastal location.

“I am an ‘accidental’ glass artist; having returned to university to study applied arts after a career in IT, I expected to specialise in ceramics (or maybe metalwork…) but there was something about glass that kept drawing me back.
My work is a response to the interplay of light and surface in the landscape and natural world around me. I am fascinated by textural surfaces and the way they change with the light; by the ever changing surfaces and light of the tidal landscape; by the contrast between the inner and outer surface of, say, a shell, or a piece of bark….”

Helen is very involved in the local Wirral arts community and, together with a small team, coordinates the popular annual Wirral Open Studio Tour. She is also a member of the Contemporary Glass Society, helping to coordinate the CGS Northern Hub get togethers.


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Selected Exhibitions & Events

2020
‘WOST 2020 @ Staacks’ group exhibition by artists from the Wirral Open Studio Tour at Staacks Gallery, West Kirby, Wirral
‘The Politics of Sameness’ Contemporary Glass Society online exhibition
Williamson Open Exhibition (online) at the Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead
‘Walking the Shore’ solo exhibition of glass powder landscape work at Staacks Gallery, West Kirby, Wirral
2019
Open Culture Winter Arts Market @ Liverpool Cathedral
Oxton Art Fair guest artist at the Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead
‘Glorious Glass’ group exhibition with the Contemporary Glass Society at World of Glass, St Helens
‘Collaboration’ group exhibition with the ReMix Creatives group at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire
Liverpool Art Fair
Wirral Open Studio Tour
Williamson Open Exhibition at the Williamson Art Gallery, Oxton, Birkenhead
2018
Open Culture Winter Arts Market @ Liverpool Cathedral
‘Changes’ group exhibition with the ReMix Creatives group at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire
Wirral Open Studio Tour
2017
Open Culture Winter Arts Market
Annual group exhibition at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire
Wirral Open Studio Tour
2016
Open Culture Winter Arts Market
Annual group exhibition at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire
Wirral Open Studio Tour
2015
Open Culture Winter Arts Market
Annual group exhibition at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire
2014
Open Culture Winter Arts Market
Annual group exhibition at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire
Designer Crafts at the Mall with the Society of Designer Craftsmen at the Mall Galleries, London SW1
2013
Open Culture Winter Arts Market
Contemporary Craft Open Exhibition at Unit Twelve Gallery, Stafford
Annual group exhibition at Castle Park Arts Centre, Frodsham, Cheshire
New Designers at the Business Design Centre, London N1
De-Junk, Re-Junk an exhibition by Merseyside artists using recycled materials at the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead

Education & Qualifications

2016 – 2019
Masterclasses with various international glass artists including Richard Parrish, Paul Messink, Marina Hanser, Claire Hall.
2010 – 2013
BA (Hons) Design: Applied Arts (specialism: glass)
Glyndwr University, Wrexham
2009 – 2010
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Wirral Metropolitan College, Birkenhead
2001 – 2005
City & Guilds Diploma Creative Embroidery Parts I & II
Cajobah Gallery, Birkenhead