One of the joys and frustrations of handmade work is that every item is a tiny bit different. Occasionally too different! For every kiln full of coasters I make there is always one that does not obey the rules and ends up a strange colour, with small marks or bits missing at the edges. These are my “seconds”. Over the last year I’ve collected quite a few and am planning to sell them over the next week.
The plan is that over the next week I will post images of my seconds coasters on Facebook. I will do my best to photograph them accurately. It is up to you to zoom in and see the flaws. All coasters will sell for £5 each. For orders £10 or over postage is free. If you want a coaster simply write “sold” underneath its image. At the end of the week I will add together any coasters you have ordered and send you an invoice.
I also have a few too many of some of my prints – I got a bit over enthusiastic with orders in preparation for events I was selling at. These prints are available online for the reduced price of £25 each rather than the usual price of £45.
Yorkshire is a fantastic place to be at the moment as the excitement builds towards the Tour de France. Every where I go there are yellow bikes, red spots and amazing art work and events inspired by the tour. This weekend we have a cycling event cycling up The Longest Hill on the Longest Day! Cyclists are invited to cycle up and down Cragg Vale as many times as they can in 24 hours. http://blazingsaddles.co.uk/blog/longest-hill-longest-day-come-join-fun/… I plan to pop up tonight but am saving my energy for tomorrow when cyclists will be accompanied by the longest choir singing their hearts out all the way up Cragg Vale.
My own Tour de France inspired work is doing very well, my work is being exhibited at The Bankfield Museum in Halifax and The Robin Hood, Cragg Vale and I am now selling in over 30 shops and galleries as well as in my online store. https://folksy.com/shops/abundantglass But by far the most exciting bit of it all so far for me was having a very special visitor to my studio to help me sand my coasters! A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be filmed by Countryfile talking to John Craven . If you want to find out more see Countryfile this Sunday 22nd at 7.30pm.
I now have a set of 14 beautiful greeting cards with my Yorkshire Cyclists images on. Like my coasters and prints, each card depicts cyclists on the Tour de France route. I’ve chosen a high quality recycled textured card and a matt finish. They have been printed by the fantastic Imaging Centre and although I say it myself they are pretty gorgeous. They are now available in many of the galleries and shops that supply my work and also online.
The 14 images comprises 6 images of each of the two Yorkshire days of the race and 2 generic images:
I live near the bottom of Cragg Vale and so regularly ride up “the longest continuous gradient in England”. After a fab ride in the sunshine today I decided it was time it joined my Yorkshire Cyclist Collection.
I’ve added the Robin Hood with the yellow bike hanging from its sign, the Hinchcliffe, the caravan site and the geese that grace a small hill on the way up.
I thought I’d better add a bit of bunting as Cragg Vale residents are aiming for the world record for the longest bunting and plan to have it in place when the Tour passes through.
As a passionate cyclist I am over the moon to hear that the Tour de France is virtually passing my front door next year. I regularly cycle up Cragg Vale (the longest continuous gradient in England – 968 feet over 5.5 miles) and usually my head is full of glass. Now I spend my time trying to work out the perfect spot to sit and watch le Tour pass by. Inspired by this I have begun to work on designs that represent this exciting event.
I plan to make a range of coasters, keyrings and cufflinks with representing cyclists passing through the Tour route. I hope to cover all the major landmarks on route. The first two are pictured below and will be on sale in Hebden Bridge and Halifax within a fortnight. I am currently working on Leeds, Ilkley, Skipton and Hawes.