Esther Patterson is the founder and designer of Curiousa lighting who have been creating handblown glass pendants and chandeliers for over 10 years from her base here in Wirskworth. A lifelong creative, she felt unfulfilled as a graphic designer and returned to university to study decorative arts. She was happily pursuing both textiles (for the colours) and bone china (enjoying the forms), when a visit to a local glass blower, Anthony Wassell, showed her a way to marry up both mediums. “It was an amazing eureka moment,” she recalls. “At the time, lighting felt quite masculine in greys and whites, so I thought there might be a niche in the market for some simple but still decorative, lighting forms.”
Esther now wants to revisit her love of ceramics and introduce a range of slip cast and hand turned elements into her range.