Rachel Laycock 'Now you see me'
By Bruntnell-Astley Ltd.
RachelGrettonGlass, was founded in 2004. In that year I was a finalist in the ‘best new business’ award in the northeast and was also awarded an Arts Council ‘Grants For The Arts ‘ Award to produce unique sculptural kiln glass for private commissions, site-specific public commissions and exhibitions.
In the 12 years trading as a freelance artist, workshop facilitator and visiting lecturer I have gained vital knowledge of running a business, experience diversifying and adapting my skills and most importantly credibility for the work I produce.
I have experience teaching and facilitating glass workshops and courses to a diverse audience and can teach up to a degree level. I find it easy to adapt to different teaching environments and individual skill levels. I was employed by Sunderland University to deliver a kiln glass evening course and have also been a resident artist on many occasions to various schools, colleges and galleries throughout the North East and Yorkshire.
I was employed as a technician demonstrator for the Applied Arts department at CCAD Hartlepool. I am passionate about the arts and it was wonderful to work amongst a creative inspiring team.
I was appointed chairperson for Handprint Art Studio in Hartlepool in 2010 and have since worked closely with the artists and care workers to develop their future business growth as well as individual artist mentoring.
Over the past few years my work has moved more toward community based projects and I am finding my core skills and abilities are fervent within this environment. Being self-employed has given me transferable skills to meet many diverse situations from managing projects, budgets and individuals, to researching, networking, publicising and marketing my work.
BloomInArt CIC was founded in 2014 and delivers creative workshops to capture, develop and encourage young people to find their inner artist and build confidence in their talents and individual style. As well as organising our own events we run Arts Awards projects within schools and youth organisations which allow the participants to gain an understanding of the arts while expressing their own ideas and skills and being awarded for this through an accredited system.