From a very early age, visual art has been special to Catriona. She had loved to draw from when she was old enough to hold a pencil.
Her passion for glass, came while studying for her Design and Applied Arts Degree at Edinburgh College of Art. She really enjoys the layering qualities that glassblowing encourages and uses colour techniques and glass carving to create three-dimensional worlds within each form.
Catriona’s work is created to be cheerful, bold, and full of texture. She wants to uplift the viewer with her use of colour combinations and clean feminine shapes. Her inspirations come from the world around her, and the sanctuary she finds within certain environments – walking in the woods in her native Scotland, or sitting having a coffee next to the graffiti of Bristol. She likes the juxtaposition of these different themes, and uses opposites throughout her work. This can evolve from a contrasting colour or surface texture, to the use of light and obscuring of light. Opaque glass has always had importance in her creative development and likes the way it can look like ceramics.
“By using opaque coloured glass I can convince the viewer that they are looking at a piece of glazed porcelain. Only when they realise that the interior of the piece is transparent, does the material reveal itself to be blown glass. I like carving through the layer of opaque colour to create these “windows” into the interior world within”
While studying at Edinburgh College of Art, Catriona studied Jewellery as a second subject, under Dorothy Hogg MBE. She continued to work with jewellery as she did her Post-grad by studying a NC in lampworked glass at the IGC, in the West Midlands.
Her current body of jewellery is an exploration of the microscopic world of myxomycetes – she is fascinated by this diverse miniature work fully of pattern and colour. Her jewellery combines precious metals and lampworked borosilicate glass.