Following a degree in ecology and a doctorate in architecture Frances had a varied career in social housing, before deciding to do something totally different and joining the Portfolio Course at Hereford College of Art. This gave her the opportunity to try a wide range of craft disciplines. She has since gone on to explore blacksmithing and welding, bronze casting, stone carving and glass fusing. Frances worked with Caro Burberry who introduced her to a wide range of approaches and techniques to sculpture making. She now currently runs the Llangarron Stone Carving group with sculptor Glenn Morris RSA.
In 2008 Frances established “Arts in the Marches”, a company focused on organising garden sculpture exhibitions, running craft workshops and showcasing local artists’s work.
Frances is founder member of Made in Ross, an arts and crafts collective based in the Market House in the centre of Ross-on-Wye. The collective gave Frances the support and encouragement to develop her own work. Living in rural south Herefordshire with an interest in the environment and architectural spaces, Frances naturally gravitated towards making structurally significant works of art for her large garden. Frances creates garden sculptures in metal, glass and stone, and also makes smaller interior items which are on display in the Market House, Ross-on-Wye.
In 2023 in addition to exhibiting garden sculptures at Cotswold Sculpture Park, Frances will also have other works in the following venues:-
Canwood Gallery, Checkley, Herefordshire
Hellens Manor Garden Festival, Herefordshire
Kingham Lodge, Oxfordshire