Sandra uses a variety of media in her creative processes, including ceramics, but mostly in glass. This can be in a number of ways including stained glass, cast and kiln fused glass. The 'magic' of a solid looking material becoming molten by the application of heat, and the manipulation of it or the addition of other materials makes an entirely different looking solid type object which she finds mesmerising.
As a mature artist, she has many years of life experience which is incorporated into all of her projects. By far the majority of her pieces will include deeper emotional aspects which she hopes the viewer will appreciate. Sandra has lived in many different places, including France and Spain so there is also some influence from these cultures. She is particularly interested in the way in which our families and friends influence our emotions as we journey through life and the majority of her pieces acknowledge that in some way.
She is about to finish a BA Hons degree in Glass and Ceramics at University of Sunderland (National Glass Centre) and is intending on building on that by undertaking a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in the coming academic year.
Sandra worked on 2 major pieces during 2019. The first being a family history patchwork style glass quilt entitled 'Scum of the Earth' which charted the military life of her 4th great-grandfather during the Peninsular War. The second was entitled 'Beyond', a mirror and colour glass octagonal spire with decorative engraving, joined with lead came, which was designed for Saltwell Park in Gateshead. More details on both these pieces can be found on the Gallery page.
Her new installation which is about to be unveiled is entitled 'Memories' and is based upon the emotions felt following the loss of her father. This also heralds a new technique based on the Pate de Verre method, which Sandra is hoping to explore further in future pieces.
She has exhibited pieces both in the Student Space, National Glass Centre, Sunderland in 2017 and 2018 and Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead in 2019.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, future exhibition plans are currently on hold, but hope to include Blackwell House, Cumbria once we are back to normal. An online degree show will be made available by the University of Sunderland shortly. More details to follow.