“ I tend to create both through inspiration and intuition. Sometimes it’s a long and arduous process to even get the glass to do what I want it to do – and it’s ultimately in the hands of the glass gods really. I think that’s what I love about it the most though…”
Tim has been a professional practising glass artist all his working life. He works primarily with glass, but often also incorporates other materials into his artworks. His unmistakable style is a result of years mastering his skill and continually exploring his creativity.
Born in Cyprus and raised in Yorkshire, Tim has explored his artistic practice and glassmaking skills throughout the world. He has three degrees in glassblowing. Attaining his BA (Hons) from North Staffordshire Polytechnic in the UK in the early 80’s, he went on to study at the avant-garde Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam, where he continued to develop and experiment creating a unique style of art glass. Upon his return to the UK Tim established a hot glass workshop in London. Whilst there he was invited to undertake his second MA at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London. Here he further refined and honed his glassmaking skills whilst pushing the boundaries of his artistic expression.
Moving permanently to Australia in 2002, Tim is currently based with his family and hot glass studio nestled in the stringy bark forests of the Adelaide Hills. Travel is still a large part of Tim’s practice however, and he finds exhibiting and teaching, both nationally and internationally, inspiring and motivational.
My ‘Slash and Cut’ Series take blown forms that I slash and cut with my diamond saw to carve and sculpt the surface. The holes in the piece serve to challenge the viewers’ concept of containment as well as allowing the object to be viewed simultaneously from within and without.
This process is dangerous and exhilarating at the same time. Whilst I start with a vague plan of attack, the piece often dictates the carving process, and all too often the object ceases to exist because I overstep the line, and end up with a pile of broken glass! This radical approach to carving glass, results in works that are steeped in raw energy, yet possess a refined elegance.
This balance between form and fragility, coupled with the pieces’ transparency, colour and surface texture allow me to create objects that are uniquely beautiful.