Caroline Reed

I grew up on the South Coast and have lived and worked in Wales, Scotland and the Falkland Islands before sharing my time between Cornwall and London.

I have been visiting Cornwall since I was ten years old. Over the years I have walked miles of the coastal path, explored hidden coves and sketched and painted my favourite beaches.

Glass is my way of evoking personal memories and emotions. Much of my work is inspired by the seascapes, geology and meteorological conditions of the Cornish Coast. The rich yellow and orange sands create a dramatic contrast against the grey slate and granite rocks holding the marine life hostage until the next high tide. The colour, textures and patterns of this landscape find their way into my glass work. Although I capture the moment on camera and in my sketch books I find the process of translating the images into glass leaves a more lasting impact on my consciousness.

Glass lends itself to creating sculptural pieces. Its qualities make it an ideal medium for expressing my work. I use a range of kiln-formed techniques but I am particularly drawn to pâte de verre and casting methods.