Wightman obtained both her BA and MA from the University of Sunderland (UK) between 2001 and 2005. In 2011 she completed Ph.D. research (University of Sunderland, UK) that focused upon the development and application of creative printmaking processes for the decoration of blown glass. More recently she has relocated to New Zealand to undertake an academic post at The Wanganui Glass School. Current research can be seen as a development of her Ph.D work, in a kiln based format. She has developed a strong visual aesthetic rooted in textiles and pattern design and is successfully integrating digital technologies and hand-based skills into her practice.