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Wendy returned to college as a mature student to enrol on a part time Art Foundation course and spent much of her first year engrossed in printmaking. When she was introduced to glass, she was immediately entranced by the effects she could achieve working with inclusions of metal leaf and wire to draw within glass. Her most recent work, her miniature landscapes, highlight her influences from her printmaking and drawing background.
Wendy started creating miniature landscapes a couple of years ago based on photographs and sketches of places that she has visited on her walking holidays. Water features in many of her landscapes as she finds it has a seductive property and delights whether it's a small stream on a summer's day or a vast seascape.
The landscapes are made by cutting and assembling layers of metal leaf including copper, silver and aluminium and wire which are then covered with float (window) glass and fired on in the kiln. What is special about this process is the soft palette of unique painterly colours that this combination of materials produces. It's a wonderful magical alchemy seeing the shiny metal leaf transformed by heat into beautiful subtle colours which are very different from the colours of commercially produced fusing glass.
When the pandemic struck, going outdoors for daily permitted exercise became a crucial factor in keeping spirits up. Wendy found inspiration in a beautiful neighbouring water meadow and nature reserve with an abundance of trees to study. Her landscapes are small but curiously tactile and work neatly at this scale, almost like a monochrome postcard.