In the artist's own words;
"The inspiration behind my glass work comes from a love of optical art, traditional pattern-forming and an interest in sacred geometry and in particular the meditation symbols known as mandalas. Mandalas contain many of the principles important in the esoteric practice of geometry, utilised by craftsmen for centuries in the design of cathedrals and stained glass windows. This interest is realised in my most recent range of work. In this range I am embodying the essence of mandalas into the patterns present within each individual hand-made piece of glassware. The techniques I use are similar to mosaic work, each individual point of colour is an individual piece of glass arranged in a manner which produces a kaleidoscopic, op-art effect. The combination of colours, which I carefully choose, are designed to complement the pattern which is formed within the glass"
Chadwick graduated from Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen in 1994 with an honours degree in Fine Art specializing in sculpture. It was at this point he formed a deep passion for geometry and symmetry, which has stayed present within his work ever since. In 2001, he moved to Timperley in Cheshire where he set up Ian Chadwick Glass Art.