Leeds hosted the beginning of the 2014 Tour de France which spent three days racing through Yorkshire and led to the legacy annual race of the Tour de Yorkshire. This year Leeds is playing host to another exciting sports event – a stage of the ITU World Triathlon. As a cyclist and a swimmer I’m very attracted to the idea of a triathlon but I just can’t run.. at all. So I am left filled with respect for those who can excel in all three of these activities. The world’s best male and female triathletes (including the Leeds based Brownlee brothers) will be competing and there will be around 6000 amateur triathletes competing at different levels on the same weekend. So if you haven’t already planned it Leeds will be the place to be on the weekend of June 11th and 12th.
To celebrate the event I decided to create a limited edition triathlon image which is now available as a boxed, numbered coaster and as a signed print. The coaster and print are available online and will shortly appear in the Leeds Craft and Design Centre.
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 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.
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
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
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’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’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.