Southwold Glass Hut Sculpture
Since early 2000, I started to think about the idea of making a sculpture based around the idea of a glass memory box, in tribute to my late parents and the memory of a very happy childhood.
I lost my mother to cancer when I was 15 years old and my father a few years later, which was devastating and traumatic.
My brother and I also lost our family home in Southwold. These events had a long lasting effect on my life and work.
I wanted to try and create something beautiful out of such an awful time and one that contained joy and colour and good memories.
Many years later in 2010, the hut was finally completed and has been exhibited in many places and in 2017 it was a finalist for Shed of the year and filmed for Channel Four "Amazing spaces" with George Clarke. Filming took place in my old neighbour's garden, in Southwold just feet away from my family home and where the inspiration for all my work came from.
Each piece of stained glass was hand decorated and kiln fired with drawings and screen prints.. Each piece would take several days to decorate and would have to be soldiered and leaded. The final structure is extremely strong and weatherproof, meaning it can stay outside and can be moved in sections. The glass roof is sandblasted with images of hand cut flying birds.
The hut includes glass panels that are decorated with personal letters and treasured mementos from my childhood