Esther Patterson

Curiousa Lighting

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.