My interest lies in the exploration of the materials, copper and glass and in their response to heat. I am initially inspired by the natural world, by the cycles of growth and development, from the very rapid cycles of living flora and fauna to the infinitely slow changes of some geological movements.

In making a piece I explore these movements. As in the natural world, they are brought about by the energy of heat. Much of the firing is done with a propane torch. This gives a very specific control, enabling different amounts of heat to be applied to particular areas. The thin copper also moves in response to the direct heat – the movement being affected by the way the metal is scored or folded.

The exploration of the properties of glass on metal is an endless fascination, driven by the thought “What if…”

My first ‘pleated’ bowls were inspired by the delicate underside of a fungus, which I drew in Kew Gardens. At the time I was already working with very thin copper, producing three-dimensional forms. I love the material, called ‘five thou.’ in the trade, as it is five thousandth of an inch thick. I like the ease with which it can be shaped and the way that shaping gives it a certain rigidity and strength.

My work is to be found in both public and private collections including The Museum of Decorative Arts, Moscow.

I have exhibited widely, including at the Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, where my piece received a commendation.

My work can be seen at the Shropshire Visual Arts Network Gallery, Shrewsbury.

Contact: maureen@carswell2.wanadoo.co.uk