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.
Contemporary Glass Society Northern Hub members, are exhibiting a wide and varied range of their beautiful glass work, in both an exhibition and fair at the Victoria Baths in Manchester this weekend 12-13th September 11-4pm, The Society promotes contemporary glass in all its many forms across the UK. This year there will also be drop-in glass workshops, demonstrations and talks. I will be exhibiting and selling my work at this event.
Mini Mosaic – Childrens workshop run by Jane Littlefield (£1)
Stained Glass Demonstration run by Caroline Channing (Free)
Coaster making for kids – Childrens workshop run by Kay stowell (£1)
Painting with glass demonstration run by Chrissie Smith (Free)
Copper foiling demonstrations and “have a go” glass cutting tables for kids will run throughout the weekend!
Please do come and take a look at the fair and meet the artists as they man the fair and exhibition – all are happy to answer any questions you may have about glass-making techniques. You could join a glass workshop, watch various glass demonstrations, place a commission using your own ideas, or even buy your own piece of handmade, designer glass to take home with you. There are also activities for children available throughout the day.
Artists are also displaying their work in an exhibition in the Gala pool cubicles.
The glass fair and exhibition are open throughout the Heritage Open Days
One of my favourite annual events, Art in the Pen opens for two days at the Skipton Cattle Market next weekend – Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th August. This event brings together over 100 artists who work with glass, ceramics, textiles, metal, wood and print. Each artist is given a cattle pen in which to exhibit their work. http://www.artinthepen.org.uk/
I will be turning one of the pens in to my own personal gallery and my exhibition will include my whole Yorkshire Cyclist range, alongside my popular houses and rainbows and a few surprises. Do come say hello if you are visiting.
The CGS exhibition of glass medallions to celebrate the olympics is now available online. There are 83 different medallions all made by individual glass artists.
My medallion was inspired by my other great passion – cycling. An image of a cyclist was an obvious choice from the beginning but how to make it wasn’t obvious. After a bit of experimentation I opted for creating powder wafers and assembling them for the final firing. I’d love to have had more time to work on this, definitely scope for improvement – but you can tell it’s a cyclist 🙂
Thanks to Harvey’s of Halifax for an amazing opportunity for seven Northern glass artists to display their work. We have just finished setting up shop and Harvey’s have opened the exhibition for viewing and sales. It is wonderful to see the whole 1000 square feet room full of handmade glass art. Each of us has a totally different style and technique making it a big and varied exhibition. I could have spent a fortune on my colleagues work.
This is the first outing for my crackle glass. Here are a couple of photos of my part of the display. The six artists exhibiting alongside myself are Genevieve Thompson (Wicked Gen Crafts), Louise Watson, Birgitta Wikstrom Robinson, (Pure Glass), Annette Vernon, (Glasstastik), Chrissie Smith, (Aquis-Sculptural-Glass) and Sarah Haworth. Below are some photos of the other work on display.
Where: The Home Department, Harveys of Halifax, Commercial St, Halifax HX1 1LJ
When: 5 July – 17 July 2012. Gallery open Monday-Saturday 9am-5:30pm