- Tamsin Abbott
Tamsin Abbott - Glass Artist
Tamsin lives in rural east Herefordshire with her husband, Mike Abbott. You will understand her work better in the knowledge that she studied English literature at Stirling University (1985 -1989) and specialised in medieval literature. Her choice of university was swayed by Stirling's proximity to the wildness of the mountains and hills. Her love of the language and stories of medieval literature was enhanced by the fact that much of the research material she studied during her course was illustrated with paintings and simple woodcuts of the period. She became immersed in a magical world of romance, strange words and naïve but arresting images, and it was not long before she began to paint and write for pleasure as well as working for the degree.
After leaving university (with a first class honours degree), Tamsin worked in several different jobs and lived in Cumbria for a while before moving to Herefordshire where she and Mike had bought a woodland together with a small group of people. She then returned to college to complete a foundation year in art at Gloucester College of Art and Technology and was expertly tutored in life drawing and discovered the highly influential work of the Brotherhood of Ruralists. Working with glass came along a few years later and began with an evening class at the local college. Gradually, whilst bringing up two young children, Tamsin honed her craft and her subject matter. She now exhibits widely, has achieved increasing recognition to the extent that she currently is unable to work on private commissions instead concentrating on her personal direction in subject matter and design.