I’ve had a wonderful few months visiting parts of Yorkshire that I knew nothing about like Middlesbrough and Doncaster and finding some lovely surprises like Anish Kapoor sculpture in Middlesbrough and the Mansion House and amazing markets in Doncaster. I learnt how the cyclists used to carry their bikes over the top of the Transport Bridge to avoid the toll charges and had an amazing windy and misty drive over the N. York Moors and Blakey Ridge – now on my to do cycling list. I spent a lovely day sampling the delight of beautiful Beverley and also revisited two of my favourite towns for cycling Settle and Knaresborough. Here are the results as coasters:
All these images and many more from the Tour de Yorkshire, Tour de France, Tour of Britain and Eroica Britannia are available as prints, coasters and greeting cards in my online shop. You can also find a selection of my work in shops and galleries around the region.
Win a boxed set of four of my new 2016 Tour de Yorkshire coasters.
To launch my new 2016 Tour de Yorkshire range of coasters and prints I am running a competition. Stage 2 of this year’s Tour de Yorkshire will end in Doncaster. Last month I visited Doncaster and did a tour of some of its treasures the result is this image. How many buildings / places / references to Doncaster can you find in this picture? Fill in the entry form with your answer below.
The competition will end on the 20th March. The contestant who provides the greatest number of correct answers will be the winner. In the case of a draw a winner will be selected randomly. The winner will be announced on Facebook and Twitter and notified personally. A boxed set of four coasters chosen by the winner will be posted by the end of March.
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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.
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?
I am delighted that my new work has been featured in the Yorkshire edition of Living North magazine as part of a write up of artists response to Tour de Yorkshire. Lovely to see the work of other artists with the same inspiration too. Read the article here.
I am delighted to announce that my new work is now ready for sale. have spent the last couple of months working on additions to my Yorkshire Cyclist Collection and am now ready to officially launch it on the world. I have created 6 new images adding Wakefield, Selby, Bridlington and Scarborough to my collection which together with my previous images of York and Leeds cover the six start and finish towns of this year’s race.
Robinhood’s bay coaster
Being a big fan of the East Coast I have also added Whitby and Robinhood’s Bay thus creating a set of four seaside images.
All my images are available as coasters, cards and prints and can be bought online. They will begin appearing in the galleries and shops that stock my work over the next month.
I was delighted to hear that this year’s Tour de Yorkshire was taking in the East Coast. It gave me an excuse to spend a couple of days in one of my favourite parts of Yorkshire. The results, four more images that will soon be available as coasters, prints and cards and a lovely row of glass beach huts. Pre-orders welcome.
Bridlington, Sewerby Hall and Flamborough
Whitby beach huts. Self standing row of glass huts
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.