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 🙂

Take a look at the CGS online exhibition there are some amazing original pieces of work on display.

Harvey’s of Halifax Exhibition on Contemporary Glass opens

Glass exhibitionThanks 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 Crackle work on displaymaking 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. More crackleThe 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.

Annette VernonSarah HaworthChrissie SmithLouise WatsonGenevieve Thompson

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

Pendants galore

ImageI hate wasting kiln space so whenever there is any spare space in my kiln I add a pendant or two to fill the gaps.  I have now amassed quite a stack but to date had little success in photographing them.   That was until I read a blog posting suggesting cImageutting off the bottom of a plastic milk bottle and placing it over the pendant whilst placing the camera in to the top of the bottle.  Fantastic!  They may not be perfect but I now have useable photographs.  I’ve taken advantage of today’s sunshine to get some pictures taken and up on to Folksy.  There are some examples on this page but many more in my Folksy shopImageImageImageImage

More Hebden Bridge houses on their way to Skipton this weekend

Hebden Bridge houses with hill and canal

My Hebden Bridge houses will be making their first outing at Art in the Pen this weekend along with many other items and the work of 64 other artists.  So, if you are looking for something to do over this damp weekend please make your way over to the Skipton Auction Market on Saturday 13th – Sunday 14th 10am – 4pm.

Hebden Bridge houses with hill and canalTall houses

Recycled glass trees!

I have been experimenting with smashing up glass bottles and fusing the results.  There is a mosaic project on its way – more about that soon but over the last few days I have been creating trees!  I have had this image in my head for some time of a row of trees made from glass.  I was hoping by smashing the bottles I would be able to retain some of the curves in the glass and thus add texture to the trees.   I layered the smashed glass in the kiln in to a tree shape and tacked fused.  A further tack fuse to join them together and then a slump onto a wave mould.  They are very delicate to touch and I’m not sure how long they would last.  I have some more on the way using bigger pieces of glass which should be more robust but I like the detail in these created by using so many small pieces.  More experimentation needed I think.