I had seen glass blowers making glass with air bubbles trapped inside the glass a year before. To do this, the blower first makes a bubble of hot glass, which he scores with a spiked tool. Then he gathers another layer of glass over this. Where the glass was scored, air is trapped in-between the layers.
I liked this half-way step, where the glass is distorted and starts to sparkle. To create patterns, I made some wooden boards with nails sticking out. These were used to create the patterns by pressing the hot glass against the nails.
The first tests resulted in a series of pieces, which you can see in the Wednesday Collection. These pieces for Dartington Crystal are production pieces made in their Devon factory.
Photography by Angela Moore