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Born in Edinburgh in 1961, Graham’s training in glass began at Edinburgh College of Art where he graduated in 1983 with a RA. Hons in Glass Design.
Subsequently, Graham worked for a number of small glassblowing studios while undertaking commissions including engravings of dancers from the Sadlers Wells and the Royal Ballet Companies.
From 1990 to 1999 he gained employment as a visiting lecturer in glass design at the University of Sunderland and began taking an interest in applied arts in the public sector becoming vice-chairman of the Scottish Craft Centre.
Since then Grham has chosen to concentrate exclusively on developing my work, culminating in 1999 with the setting up of my new hot glass studio situated in the Scottish borders.
Presently he designs and make a wide range of studio glass including perfume bottles and unique stemware, bowls and vases. His main motivation at this time is in the production of new and interesting production work together with developing one-off exhibition pieces.
In his production work his most recent experiments have been based around the theme of the perfume bottle. The aim has been to move away from traditional shapes and design pieces that use simple graceful forms together with precise use of colour and colour combinations.
In Graham’s exhibition work he maintains an interest in capturing images within the glass but at present is experimenting with more complex cut and carved forms than the simple vessel forms I used in the past. I intend these new objects to better reflect and complement the imagery I use. The techniques learned for this work have also benefited my designs within production work, opening up several new avenues of exploration.