Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Artisans in the Park

It is that time of year when I'm taking part in an event most weekends... this coming weekend it is the fabulous Artisans in the Park in and around Sefton Park Palm House in Liverpool. The event is on all weekend, including Friday evening, but there are different artisans there each day and I will be there on Sunday only.


Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Handmade in Handbridge

Another weekend, another fair, this time in the lovely St Mary's Without-the-Walls church in Handbridge, Chester. I did this fair for the first time last year and I must say it was a really lovely event; well worth a visit.


I'll be out and about in Liverpool for a couple of weekend events after this, details on my events page.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Meet the Craft Maker, Frodsham

I'll be selling my wares at different events most weekends now in the run up to Christmas. The first one is this Saturday in Frodsham, Cheshire at the Frodsham Methodist Church. If you're in the area its a lovely event and well worth a visit.


For advance notice of future events take a look at my events page.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Bling

I've never thought of myself as a 'bling' person. Having said that, long before I even thought about working with glass, I had a precious collection of lovely sparkly fused glass pendants. Strange then that it took me so long to start experimenting with making my own pendants.

A selection of my pendants

I am still experimenting - the things I know I like so far are - not square. Why are nearly all fused glass pendants square? I love that organic feel when the glass looks more like a sparkly pebble than a square cut piece of glass. I like simple geometric designs, or even no design at all, just a beautiful piece of glass fired into a lovely shape.

I've enjoyed the reactions of people at the fairs and selling events I have taken the pendants to; it has been interesting to talk to customers and find out what they like, and what they dislike. It has dawned on me that some people (most people!) are not as tall as I am and so do not want to wear the large statement pendants that I prefer - funny how it takes a little while to discover something so obvious!

So I am continuing to experiment, producing my little pieces of bling, loving the fact that no two are ever quite the same. The pendants are incredibly hard to photograph well so I mainly make them for the face-to-face selling events I attend (see here for a list of those). But I keep trying, and when I get reasonable images the pendants appear in my Folksy shop, for a time, until they come with me to my next event (after which they may be back, but then again, they may not).

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Reclamation, part 2

Well, the previous reclaiming of the blog didn't come to much, did it? I realised that it was mainly because the blog didn't really feel like me any more, I have moved on quite a bit since I started it. As you will know, if I have any readers left!

So yesterday I finally decided to do something about it; I hope you like the new look. The menu now links in to my main website so I'm not having to keep up with 2 separate sets of pages - and now my website links back to here too - a definite incentive to post more often! I did think about moving the whole thing over to wordpress (which hosts my website) but I felt I had too much history here to leave behind. So I'll see how it goes. I hope the transition from one to the other doesn't feel too clunky.

But enough of the tech talk... in the meantime the 'Reclaimed' exhibition I spoke about last time is up and running, still plenty of time to see it if you are anywhere near; for more details see the TX Creative Textiles website. It really is an excellent exhibition, well worth a visit, though I say so myself! There are two other exhibitions running at the same time in the arts centre and a rather nice cafe on site - perfect for a day out.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Reclamation

Lately I have been thinking it was about time I reclaimed my neglected blog. Especially after a good friend recently left a (pointed?) comment on my last post, which admittedly was written just over a year ago...

And coincidentally, 'Reclaimed' is the theme of a group exhibition I will be taking part in in the summer. Although I already use reclaimed materials in my work wherever possible, not wanting to repeat myself I was struggling to come up with a direction for new pieces that I was satisfied with. Until, I came across a job lot of damaged vintage linen on ebay, a bundle of pieces not fit for anything else; some stained, some fraying and some quite simply falling apart.


At first I thought I would disassemble the linens and combine individual motifs with the reclaimed picture frame glass I like to use for my glass work.  But while the samples I made were pretty things in themselves they still didn't feel quite right.

So I decided to turn the concept around and try to 'mend' the damaged linens with my reclaimed glass. I'm much happier with this idea, with the strange mismatch of the materials, the idea of trying to effect a repair with something intrinsically fragile, and the way the glass magnifies the damage to the linen while at the same time covering it up.

Here are the first couple of pieces:





If anyone happens to have any tatty table linen they'd like to get rid of, do let me know.  And as you can see from the first piece above, the tattier the better!


Tuesday, 1 April 2014

A room of my own, at last

Looking back at my last post, it has been quite a while.  And it was quite sunny then, looking at the beginnings of the base for my new studio.  Of course it didn't stay sunny, most of the country had appalling weather and although ours wasn't as bad as some, the construction of the studio did take rather longer than expected.

But it is finished now (bar a few extra coats of paint) and I am beginning to settle in.


I did have to move a lot of 'stuff' in rather faster than I expected, due to the unexpected collapse of a ceiling in the house.  But I am working my way through the clutter now, getting rid of things I don't need and rediscovering things I'd forgotten I had.  It is strange, but it does takes time to settle in to a new workspace, to find places to put things where I can access them easily and, more importantly, remember where I put them!  I'm still waiting for help to move my main kiln in, but that should happen in the next couple of weeks.

My desk in front of the window, printing press,
print rack on the wall
Baby kiln, storage, lovely big sink!  The big kiln
will go to the left of the baby kiln.

I suppose part of the reason it is taking me so long to settle in is that I am having to take time to reflect on the direction I want my work to go.  I have come so far in my journey and have learnt so many different techniques, and I have the collection of tools and materials to show for it.  And even though my studio looks enormous from the outside, it really isn't, I need to be disciplined if it is not going to disappear under piles of 'stuff'.

Plus of course I have been trying to organise yet more builders to come and sort out the ceiling in the house.  And once that is done there will be decorating to do... I only wish the lovely people who built my shed did ceilings as well.  Busy times!

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