Move over M&S, Waitrose, John Lewis and co.. Could this be the number Christmas video? After spending a long afternoon string Christmas decorations in time for Harrogate Christmas Market I decided to have some fun. So here with the help of a handful of clay and Movie Maker is the results of two hours of playing…
So, I’ve been busy doing something totally new and thoroughly enjoying myself. An invitation to submit something for Spirals Summer Day’s Exhibition and a growing interest in birds has led to me developing a completely new range. Here are the first of my Abundant Birds.
The birds will be on display (and for sale) in Spirals in Hebden Bridge from the 17th of June and hopefully available online and in other outlets later in the year.
Loved the challenge of creating glass awards created as a commission for the Ruth Gorse Academy in Leeds. Each one incorporates the school logo and the name of the award and is fixed in to a steel metal base. More detail.
It’s nearly time for the Tour de Yorkshire again and I’ve been adding new images to my collections. This year I’ve made a return visit to Bradford where I lived for many year and to a favourite cycling area Bolton Abbey. I’ve also explored new territory with the Cote de Lofthouse a challenging hill which will be tackled by both the women’s and men’s race on the 29th April. Here are my three images which as usual will be available as prints, coasters and cards.
I have also been adding to my ‘Cyclist on the Hill’ collection which now includes tandem cyclists and a recognisably female cyclist. All of my new work is now available in my online shop here.
2.00 – 5.00pm
39 Hall Bank Lane, HX7 5HQ
I will be opening my studio to the public this Saturday for anyone looking for some handmade Christmas gifts. I will be selling a range of Christmas decorations, coasters, cards and prints from my cycling collection, rainbows and much more.
I will also be joined by my friend Julie Tubby of Driftwood Arts who will be selling her gorgeous Christmas trees and driftwood fish.
I’ve been feeling very festive this week. I started the week with a couple of inches of snow outside my front door, spent most of my time making snowflakes, stars and trees and planning my stall for the Harrogate Christmas Market, then today my new cyclist Christmas card arrived. I have been experimenting with using bicycle wheels to display my decorations. What do you think?
So, I have decided to continue the festive theme with a little competition. Would you like to win a box full of Christmas decorations? This box contains a snowflake, a star, two Christmas trees, a penguin, a robin, a greeting card and a couple of extra little festive surprises. All you will need is your tree!
To enter, pop over to my facebook page and tell me which item from my online shop you would like to see under your tree this Christmas. Feel free to share and like too. I will select one entry at random on the 30th November.
A few weeks ago I spent an amazing few days in the Lake District exploring part of this year’s Tour of Britain route. I was lucky enough to see the Lakes on one of those rare days when the sun is shining and the tops are clear. It was stunning! The outcome of my trip was four new images celebrating the Tour of Britain’s passage through the lakes on the 5th September this year. Here they are as coaster. They will be available to buy from 5th September online and with a few galleries and Art in the Pen, Skipton before hand.
The four image are:
- The Struggle, a long, steep narrow road winding up from Ambleside to join Kirkstone Pass. One of the King of the Mountain stages.
- Ullswater Lake with its stunning mountain background and the classic Ullswater steamer.
- Keswick, showing its town and famous Moot Hall, Derwent Lake, the Castlerigg stone circle and Skiddaw in the background
- Grasmere with Rydal and Grasmere Lake, Dove Cottage where Wordsworth was born and the church where he was buried.
I will be running an online sale Friday 17th June prior to opening my studio in Hebden Bridge 1st – 3rd July. I have many seconds and one off pieces destined for both events as well as all my usual stock. You should be able to find examples of all my usual work and a few surprises.
The online sale will be on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/AbundantGlass/ from 9.30 – 5.00. If you haven’t already liked my Facebook page please do to ensure you don’t miss anything.
Here are some of the items I’ve dug out so far. I look forward to seeing you there!
Leeds hosted the beginning of the 2014 Tour de France which spent three days racing through Yorkshire and led to the legacy annual race of the Tour de Yorkshire. This year Leeds is playing host to another exciting sports event – a stage of the ITU World Triathlon. As a cyclist and a swimmer I’m very attracted to the idea of a triathlon but I just can’t run.. at all. So I am left filled with respect for those who can excel in all three of these activities. The world’s best male and female triathletes (including the Leeds based Brownlee brothers) will be competing and there will be around 6000 amateur triathletes competing at different levels on the same weekend. So if you haven’t already planned it Leeds will be the place to be on the weekend of June 11th and 12th.
To celebrate the event I decided to create a limited edition triathlon image which is now available as a boxed, numbered coaster and as a signed print. The coaster and print are available online and will shortly appear in the Leeds Craft and Design Centre.
I’ve had a wonderful few months visiting parts of Yorkshire that I knew nothing about like Middlesbrough and Doncaster and finding some lovely surprises like Anish Kapoor sculpture in Middlesbrough and the Mansion House and amazing markets in Doncaster. I learnt how the cyclists used to carry their bikes over the top of the Transport Bridge to avoid the toll charges and had an amazing windy and misty drive over the N. York Moors and Blakey Ridge – now on my to do cycling list. I spent a lovely day sampling the delight of beautiful Beverley and also revisited two of my favourite towns for cycling Settle and Knaresborough. Here are the results as coasters:
All these images and many more from the Tour de Yorkshire, Tour de France, Tour of Britain and Eroica Britannia are available as prints, coasters and greeting cards in my online shop. You can also find a selection of my work in shops and galleries around the region.