Published May 18, 2016
Art in Devon , Devon , recycled art , Sculpture
Tags: award, award ceremony, Exeter University, Exeter University Student Employee of the Year 2016, glass art, glass awards, personalised awards
Delighted to have been asked to make the awards for Exeter University Employee of the Year 2016. This is the second year running I have been commissioned to make recycled sculptures for the award ceremony.
They are made from recycled glass, some are made with all the small shards of glass that are a by product of cutting glass for leaded windows, some is old broken picture frame glass and some is bottle glass. I cast these small pieces of glass together into slabs and even the wooden bases are made from salvaged wood.
Published May 23, 2015
Art , Art in Devon , Devon , recycled art , Sculpture , Teignmouth
Tags: blue., cast glass, employee of the year, employer of the year, exeter stucden, Exeter University, fused glass star, glass sculptures, green, recycled awards, recycled glass awards, recycled glass sculptures, star awards, star motif, stars, student, student awards, sustainable awards, university student award, yellow
Over the last few months I have been working on a large order for Exeter University; who commissioned me to make 60 awards and each one is totally unique.
The 50 nominee awards are in the shape of stars and are made by piecing small pieces of waste stained glass together and then fusing them together in the kiln.
The 10 winners awards were made by casting the glass into boxes I specially made from fireboard, each with a fibre paper star in the centre. I then melted the glass on a very hot casting cycle so it completely took on the shape of the mould. The glass I used for these awards was rescued from a skip when a glass blower had abandoned a studio and although kiln cast they are actually made from glass blowing skillet (large chunks of glass).
The University award ceremony takes place next week, I hope they like their awards!
Published April 30, 2015
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art glass, bespoke, blue., clapper bridge, commission, contemporary stained glass, craft, dartmoor, Dartmoor scene, design, Devon, kiln fired stained glass, lead, rabbit, river, stained glass window, stream, toilet window, traditional leaded windows, tree, window
Just finished this little Dartmoor clapper bridge scene, for a house in a little village on the Moor. yet again my work is destined for a toilet window and it does make me chuckle how many bathrooms and toilets have one of my stained glass windows in them!
As usual I have cut the glass, painted my designs on to the pieces and then fired them in the kiln, before leading up the panel, soldering the joins and cementing all the gaps to make it water tight. I have added lots of little details to to give the piece interest including a little rabbit in the grasses and some fish swimming about in the river.
Published March 10, 2015
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, bathroom window, blue., coloured glass, craft, fish, glass, glass fish, hand painted, handmade, http://folksy.com/shops/amyorangejuice, lead, ocean, purple, sea, sea green, shoal, stained glass, stained glass panel, stained glass window, traditional technques, UK, underwater
Published December 9, 2014
art exhibition , Art in Devon , stained glass
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art exhibition, art glass, bespoke, chirstmas gifts, Christmas, christmas present, gifts, stained gass, wedding present
I have been really busy getting ready for all the Christmas exhibitions and shows and now they are all up and running.
You can find me at Thelma Hulbert Gallery‘s Present Makers Show in Honniton with lots of upcoming Devonshire makers. Its always a great show with an emphasis on ceramics this year.
I am also in my regular Christmas home upstairs at The Real Food Store Cafe in Exeter. This great cafe show my work every year and I am pleased to have lots of new work and Christmas decorations in there this year again.
Finally, the TAAG Affordable Art Fair is up and running in Northumberland Place in Teignmouth and we are having a late night shopping night from 5-7 pm on Sunday 14th December, with wine and music, so come and join us and get some unique Christmas presents with musical benefits!
Published October 15, 2014
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, art deco, art glass, artisan, bespoke, blue., commission, contemporary stained glass, design, Devon, stained glass, stained glass panels, stained glass window, sun rays, sunrise, yellow
I just fitted this panel into a new garden room in a 1970’s house in Dawlish, so now they can have sunshine however dull and rainy it is outside! And its pretty dull and rainy today!
The customers really liked Art Deco period style and so I used the colours and stylised forms of Deco to create this very long, but very short panel
This is a 2 metre long, but only 25 cm high traditional leaded panel fitted in front of a double glazed unit and will be beaded in when the room is decorated.
Published August 27, 2014
Art , Art in Devon , Devon , stained glass , Teignmouth
Tags: beach huts, beach scene, bespoke glass, bespoke window, blue glass, blue., boat, commission, estuary, glass, green, orange, painted glass, sea, Stained glass landscape, sun, window commission
Really pleased to have got my latest commission installed into its home in the downstairs toilet in a lovely late Georgian house in Teignmouth. This double fronted house has been converted from offices back into a family home and there is still lots of renovation to go (there isn’t a toilet yet!). The window add a great wow factor as you enter the house by the front door and creates visual feature at the end of the long central entrance hall.
This is my take on our local coastline of the Teignmouth Back Beach, estuary and The Ness Cliffs. The seagulls, beach huts, tiny boat and tree line have been painted and then fired in the kiln and are indicative of our town, as our the rich red cliff sides and deep green rolling hillside.