Lesley Clarke was married to Norman Stuart-Clarke, one of Britain's leading artist glassblowers. Although Norman's influence is apparent in her work, Lesley is completely self-taught with no formal training.
She was born in St Ives and the 'Cornish Seas' design reflects both the colour and power of the sea and coastline of Cornwall. Lesley uses two coloured glasses in powdered form. Blue and white glass is rolled into the hot crystal and the oxides on the coloured glass react to give ochres. The colours mix and swirl and give impressions of the landscape and seascape with the glass itself shaped to reflect movement.
"Over the years many artists and craftspeople have come to live in Cornwall for its light and wondrous views. I was born here and knew no other. My work with blown glass makes full use of the light and the flowing nature of hot glass. To grow up in St Ives is an art lesson in itself. Having watched Norman work and 'having a few goes' myself, I became hooked on this exciting material. It suits my personality - the heat, the spontaneity, the importance of the moment".
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