Maggie Williams designs her handmade glass in Lincoln and makes her work at a studio near Droitwich. All her work is mouth blown and hand finished, making each piece unique. She took a degree in Ceramics and Glass at De Montfort University, Leicester which she started in 2000 as a mature student of 50.
Previously she had been a nurse before having and bringing up four children. She took up ceramics at an evening class and when her last child went to school decided to apply for Art College, something she had always wanted to do. She fully expected to continue with ceramics but in her second year got ‘bitten by the glass bug”.
Her ideas are drawn from the natural world and, in particular, tropical plants with their luscious colours and shapes. From cacti to the deadly carnivorous Pitcher Plant, all these plant forms are a constant source of inspiration. The design process is demanding and the discipline of design through making into marketing is essential. Working with hot glass is bewitching, addictive, challenging and often frustrating and a continuing learning curve for her. Maggie won the BBC Homes and Antiques Talent Around Britain Award in 2006.