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.
as any glass artist will know, photographing glass is a nightmare. So many reflections! I was approached recently by Richard from Forever Creative Photographic Design a photographer who was trying to expand his product photography portfolio. He offered to photograph some of my coasters for free as a sample of his work. These are the results. I’m delighted. What do you think? Which background do you prefer?
The Creative Glass Society is creating a wall of glass postcards for the 2015 International Festival of Glass being held in Stourbridge this May. 180 members of the CGS have produced their own response to a call for a 15 x 10 cm postcard. Here is mine.
My glass postcard shows Stoodley Pike which sits on the moors above Todmorden and Hebden Bridge. In creating it I have used a variety of glass techniques I have learnt over the years and it has visited the kiln four times for firing.
The exhibition runs from Friday 29 May to Sunday 28 June, with an opening event on Thursday 28 May. Admission to the exhibition is free, with the exception of 28 – 31 May when the Ruskin Glass Centre charges an admission fee during the glass festival
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
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’m getting lots of requests for coasters depicting other parts of the Tour de Yorkshire route. So far I have Leeds, Haworth, Ilkley, Skipton and Hebden Bridge. I plan to launch some more designs late September. So where shall I do next? Let me know what locations you would like to see and any suggestions of what key landmarks should be in my designs.
I am also creating a mailing list to notify people of the availability of new designs. If you would like to be added to my list please send your email address.
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.