Rachel works from her studio in Edinburgh, which opened in January 2009, where she uses techniques including screen-printing in enamels and traditional lost-wax casting as well as more cutting edge technology such as water-jet cutting and rapid prototyping to make her work.
She is inspired by the intricate details of life and her work is essentially a representational comment on the world surrounding us as well as a constant challenge to her technical abilities.
Mostly working with kiln-formed glass, which essentially requires great planning and preparation of the glass, whether that is with moulds or applying enamels, prior to placing it in the kiln and programming it to heat and cool the glass in a certain way. It can sometimes take weeks to prepare a firing and unexpected things can occur, but it is this troubleshooting element that Rachel relishes and keeps her engaged with the material.
Rachel loves working with glass in many different forms, creating never before seen entities and it never ceases to enthrall her. It is this passion and excitement that she instills into her work as well as sharing with other people who either visit at shows or the studio or even book onto one of her workshops to learn how to do a bit of glass magic themselves.
Rachel completed her BA (Hons) degree in Architectural Glass at Edinburgh College of Art in 2007 and has since undertaken further master class workshops to gain additional skills at Northlands Glass, Caithness, the Glass Furnace, Istanbul and the International Festival of Glass, Stourbridge.
Heart Gallery loves Rachel’s work and hope that you do too.