Say hello today to Priscilla of Dancing with Glass, who gives us a peek into her glassy world..
1 - Your name: Priscilla McGirr (aka Princess Peggy)
2 - Your shop name and address: Dancing with Glass http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrincessPeggy
3 - Describe your artistic style in three words: Big, bold and colourful.
4 - When did you first start working with glass and how did you get started?
I had a one-day lesson with Beverley Hicklin in October 2009, and bought my kit the following January.
5 - What do you love most about your craft?
The fact that I never know what I will create when I sit down to the torch.
6 - If you could take a class with any artist (in your field or otherwise) who would you choose and why?
Anouk Jasperse, because I love her spontaneity and her use of colour.
7 - Do you have a favourite piece of your work that you can share with us?
Yes, it’s this pendant which I made at the time of the protests in Tahrir Square and named ‘Egypt’
8 - Where do you find your inspiration?
Looking at other people’s lovely work on the internet gives me so many ideas ….sometimes I daydream in the shower and visualise the beads I am going to make, but then they turn into something completely different when I try to make them. I’m constantly surprised at what comes out of my kiln!
9 - What’s your favourite technique within your medium?
Definitely working with silver glass. I use it in nearly every single bead I make.
10 - Where do you create your work?
In my nice warm workshop/office/music room at home….no cold shedio for me!
11 - Do you have a favourite colour scheme or range when you’re creating pieces?
At the moment everything I make seems to be pinky-red or bluey-green.
12 - Can you give us a quotation/lyric/piece of advice that sums up your approach to life and your craft?
Gosh…what about.. ’Tomorrow is another day’? I’m an optimist, can’t you tell?
13 - The most serious question of all: if you could meet any fictional character, from TV film or literature, who would it be and why?
Absolutely no-one comes to mind! I think I prefer real people. I would have liked to have met Bernard Leach.
14 - Finally, what are your plans or hopes for your work in the future?
To go on developing my own style, and to have people love my beads as much as I love making them.
A big thanks to Priscilla for taking part!