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.
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.
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.
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 am having so much fun drawing my cyclist images and trying to represent local towns from my personal perspective as a cyclist. Latest to the add to the collection is Otley a popular cafe stop location on several of my favourite cycling routes. The first coasters with this image on are just out of the kiln and on their way to my current stockist.