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Louise lives in Devon and works in both Devon and London. She began working on arts projects in Primary Schools from 2002 and was fascinated by the art work of children and their fearless interaction with all media and materials. As a lifelong gatherer of decorative objects and adornments, she began to make them herself....Louise studied at Plymouth College of Art, gaining a First Class Honours Degree in Applied Arts, her focus on glasswork – enamelling, lamp-working and blown glass.


Lou has gained many accolades for her work and exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. She has worked and exhibited at Peter Layton’s London Glassblowing Workshops and been selected for The British Glass Biennale 2012.

Louise Cloke was born in Bath. At nineteen she moved to London, and from there began her travels. She hitched across France with a group of Belgian buskers, on through Italy and Yugoslavia to Greece, and by boat to Haifa. Moving between kibbutz’s she worked on snail farms, milked sheep and grew cut flowers before trekking through the Sinai to Egypt. Returning to London she joined rock band Jesus Jones as merchandise assistant on a UK and European tour. She has worked as a cook on fishing trawlers off the West Coast of Australia, and herded goats by motorbike until a fall left her with broken ribs and a night alone in the outback. On her way home, she sat a Maori death vigil in New Zealand and trekked in Nepal.


On returning to England she met her late husband, Chris.  Their son Jesse was born in 1995 and as a family they returned to live in Australia, Thailand, Malaysia, Bali and Spain. It takes time to produce a beautiful piece of glass and only seconds to ruin it.  As she has painfully discovered in her personal life, nothing lasts forever... and glass is an exquisite representation of this life truth. Its inconstant states; fluid, solid and broken, seems to embody the ever-changing nature of the world around her... full of movement, light and life.

 

 
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