My children describe me as a craftaholic! In my former life as a Social Worker I used craft as a way to unwind. I did everything from card making, rubber stamping, silk painting, glass painting, papermaking, candle making, machine knitting, jewellery making, the list is endless and the evidence is in my cupboard under the stairs! Then in 2002 I bought a glass cutter and a whole new world opened up.
I became fascinated by glass when I first met my late husband Neil and spent time at his company Perthshire Paperweights. I would never have the resources to be able to work in molten glass but I bought a book and began experimenting with fused glass. From the first night I watched the temperature gauge on the kiln and drank gallons of tea until the kiln was cool enough to open, I was hooked. My love affair with this medium began and has blossomed over the years expanding from my shed in the garden to the studio at my shop Carnelian Crafts in 2006 .
As both the shop and the glass businesses have expanded, the decision to move to a swanky new studio meant that it was no longer Glass @ Carnelian Crafts so a new name was needed. Barkley Glass was launched at Scotland’s Trade Fair in January 2015
Living in such a beautiful place is wonderful, being surrounded by nature on such a large scale is inspiring, I am lucky to have had a faithful black Labrador Fiachra who loved to walk for hours up the hills, along the river banks or along the seashore .He was joined by Barkley who I would not have met had I not exhibited Glass and who gives his name to this new venture.