Mel believed in my skills and passion for lactation and glass and offered me the chance to revisit glass in a whole new way.
I am a Glassblower, a Cuidiu Breastfeeding Counsellor and a Doula based in Northern Ireland. In May 31st - June 15th 2019 I will be exhibiting three large glass breasts infused with human milk at the 'Inspired' exhibition, hosted at London Glassblowing gallery. In September 2017 I asked a small group of mothers attending my breastfeeding support group if they would be willing to offer me a small bag of milk each so I could experiment with the milk in the hot glass studio. Initially I thought they would be a little put off by the idea of their precious...
"One of the trickiest techniques I have worked on recently was making human milk glass pendants.
Unlike your standard glass pendant, these must contain human milk.
Human milk is a complex liquid to work with as it is a liquid, its organic and each one is different."
"Helen has been an amazing support this past 8 months. She reached out to me after I posted on Letterkenny babies looking for help. I didn't have a clue what I was doing and I was very close to giving up. Her advice and encouragement was amazing and only for her I'm still feeding my wee man 8 months in. She helped me to understand that everything I was experiencing was totally normal and has a wealth of knowledge on all the little growth spurts and times when my son needed me more than usual. Even now, if I have...