Caroline Rees trained as a textile designer and graduated from Brighton in the 1980s. She has worked as a freelance designer and for textile design studios in London, New York and Switzerland. In the late 1990s a glass artist showed Caroline how to apply her distinctive style and stencil technique to glass and she was immediately captivated by sandblasting and the different effects that can be achieved when illuminated with natural or artificial light. She began to use the process to decorate glass vessels, working with hot glass artists to create bespoke shapes and colours. She then changed her focus to architectural sandblasted glass, undertaking commissions and enjoying the interaction and collaboration with the client. Initially the projects were for private homes but she soon began to take on larger scale public glass commissions. In 2010 Caroline completed an MA in glass at The Swansea School of Glass and the following year she was fortunate to have met the Queen during the opening of a surgery in Windsor for which she created a 30m2 glass wall.
Currently, Caroline is enjoying working alone in her studio with the simplest of materials to create striking paper cut stencils.
Although her work is inspired by the landscape in which she lives, it rarely records a specific scene. She seeks to capture a memory and a sense of place, exagerrating the decorative characteristics of her surroundings.