Phillipa was born in near the sea in New Zealand but has spent her adult life living and working in London. She made the decision in 2016 to follow her creative muse as a maker/artist following a long career in urban planning.
Relishing the change in scale and the opportunity to pursue a more personal vision, Phillipa undertook a Sculpture course at the Art Academy, London and then developed her love of glass through a series of courses and masterclasses with well known glass artists. She came to the RCA in 2020 to explore a new visual language through her work.
Phillipa works primarily in Kiln Cast Glass but also enjoys sand casting and exploring the the potential of using metal in conversation with the glass. Her work explores issues around displacement, migration and identity, looking at the places and experiences of our memories and the threats posed by environmental degradation.
Phillipa was one of 22 artists selected to show work at “Flow” the Contemporary Glass Society and Makers Guild of Wales show in Cardiff and has been awarded a partner scholarship through the RCA to study at Urban Glass in New York later this summer.