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.
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’ve been on a bit of a journey over the last few weeks learning about printing and framing. I’ve learnt that gilcee printing is fade resistant and considered to produce the best results. I’ve learnt about conservation grade mounts that don’t discolour or damage your prints as they age and I’ve learnt it is much easier to get your original colours on paper than it is on glass. So, here to accompany my glass collection are my first Yorkshire Cyclist prints.
Each print is 15″ square including the mount and the actual image is 8.5″ square.
I’ve been working on more coaster designs inspired by the Tour de France / Tour of Yorkshire next year. I am working my way through all of the towns on route. These will ready for Art in the Pen (Skipton 17th and 18th August). Can you name these places?
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.