My personal path to glass has not been a direct one. Originally from Germany, I trained in a subject more related to psychology and therapy with a focal point in Art Therapy.
In 2005 I took classes in stained glass and metal work in Hokitika, New Zealand.
My work then was aimed to create a solution to a question or request. This problem solving interest allows me to enjoy commission work especially. I experience this as the challenge of my job which I am meant to solve successfully taking all variables into account and showing respect and sensitivity to my customer.
During my years of self-employment my work has been predominantly commission work. I studied at the City of Glasgow College 2019/20 to enhance my skillset, explore my own ideas and develop my artistic expression.
With a background in psychological and therapeutic approaches and knowledge in psycho therapeutic frameworks, system-theories as well as constructivism, my personal interest lies in capturing associations and networks. Currently I am experimenting with ideas of nature, nurture, motherhood and modern lifestyle which also touches on our ambivalent connections to the natural world, technologies, and social-economic perspectives. If you are interested in this side of my work, please have a look at Instagram: @stephanie_whatley_glass