It was during Claire’s time travelling in America, in the early nineties, that she was introduced to working with glass. Claire then spent the next three years learning the art of bead making in the remote mountains of West Virginia.
Claire’s design inspiration is drawn from her fascination with landscapes and rich intense colour. All her beads are individually made over a hot oxy-propane flame (a process known as lampworking) and wound onto a metal mandrel, skilfully layering colours and melting them together. The bead is finally shaped and cooled in a kiln. Her hand made fused glass jewellery uses a different technique which involves cutting layers of cold glass and fusing them together