Graeme and Michaela (Bi-Me) are visiting lecturers at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University and Lancaster Central University. They have combined their skills, flair and talent in a new and exciting venture called Bi-Me Ltd which produces hand crafted glass. Their range is strikingly beautiful and decorative yet functional.
The movement and fluidity of the material in the making process is essential to the creation of their free blown work and acts as a key source of inspiration in the final design transferred into the resultant form. Michaela produces plaster moulds into which Graeme blows the molten glass. Here the mould is an aid giving the product its initial form and relief which is picked up and then manipulated into a finished piece. Each glass bowl is hand blown and unique.
Graeme Hawes graduated from Sunderland University with a BA(Hons) in 3D Design in ceramics and glass before gaining a MA in glass design at the Royal College of Art in 1993. Upon completing his Masters Degree in 1995 he has enjoyed working as a freelance glassmaker and designer, supplying his work to many shops and galleries throughout the UK and abroad.
Michaela Grimshaw graduated from BC University College with a BA(Hons) in Ceramics with Glass a course which combines the techniques, skills and design requirements of both media. In recent years, she has enjoyed putting her skills into practice by producing well crafted plaster models and moulds on a freelance basis alongside the production of her ceramic work.