Sculptor and glass artist
Outdoor sculpture and interior pieces inspired by natural forces and a passion for line, shape and movement.
Meet the Artist: Lisa Pettibone
How did you first get interested in art?
My hands were always busy making, drawing and inventing as a child. My mother fed me with ample materials and tolerated my projects all over the house. It was part of my identity from a young age. First I worked commercially as a graphic designer then gradually the pull to make art became more intense. My passion for glass grew with this desire and resulted in another degree in 3D design at UCA in 2005.
To someone who had never seen your work before, how would you describe it?
Glass, organic, strong line, perplexing.
What’s your favourite piece of your work? (Pls supply image if possible)
Probably Hibernation, in which I managed to achieve a woven density and movement to the glass that I’ve been imagining for a long time. It relates to the cropped winter hedges along the roads where I live in the Surrey Hills. It is interesting how we control nature (but really nature controls us).
What do you love most about being an artist?
It demands that I take the time to really observe the world carefully, which is a pleasure in itself. Every day is different and challenging plus I make my own schedule.
Where do you seek inspiration in the local area?
It’s easy, I just walk the dog up to my workshop above Shere. The scenery is constantly changing and ideas come and go as I take in the stunning view.
Which is your favourite Surrey art gallery?
The exhibitions at the Chalk Hill Gallery are consistently good, always thought provoking, with an interesting mix of artists and sculptors.
What would you say to any artists starting out?
Be patient, overnight success is rare! Keep working on the things that grip your imagination and avoid just making what sells.
Are there any other Surrey artists you particularly admire?
There are quite a few but maybe I’ll mention Annee Robson’s prints at Ochre Studios and Jill Flower’s sculptural textiles, both have a completely individual approach to their mediums.
Thanks Lisa, we look forward to your summer open studios in June!
commissions, glass making workshops work for sale
disabled access limited, ample parking
Visitors welcome by appointment.
Burrows Lea Farm
Lea End Workshop