From a young age Charlie has known of glass as an artistic medium, ever since his parents opened the studio he grew up in. Even with this familiarity with hot glass it wasn't until he went to Sunderland University that he began to experiment and really explore its properties. Originally studying Fine Art it later seemed inevitable that he would transfer to BA Glass and Ceramics, from which he graduated with honours in 2010 and was awarded the Charles Bray award for Glass Excellence.