Archive for May, 2010

Inspiration at Politmore House

We spent the day at Poltimore House today (just outside Exeter, on the way to Broadclyst),  drawn by the fantastic plant sale they have there annually and we love the overgrown walks through the wild flower woods. The ghosts of the past and the houses former glory hang heavy in the air and the atmosphere is a strange combination of hope for the future and a melancholy edge that comes from a derelict house, especially such a grand one!

The house and grounds are being slowly restored by the dedicated trust of local people who are trying to bring the derelict house and grounds back to good condition and make it a centre for the arts.  Its a big dream of mine to have one of the future art studios for my workplace in a few years time when they convert the house into studios!

Anyway, the semi wild gardens are hugely inspirational to me, as are the small areas of decaying grandure left int he house and I hope to make some designs from the photos I took today of the house and grounds


Life’s a beach

I seem to have the seaside on the brain this week. I am longing for the good weather to be back! so I am imagining myself there with lots of colourful designs, but a bit of shelter from the wind, I finished this one today and will make the other designs tomorrow, hopefully!

beach huts and lilies

Oh it has been a busy old week! I am still making my large shop order, it is epic!

But I have squeezed in the time to make these 2 items, which are now available in my folksy shop

The beach huts are made from recycled stained glass and each pot stand/trivet is a unique little piece of table art.

The lily is one of my most popular designs and I have cut it from a single piece of beautiful smokey streaky glass that is finished with an iridescent sheen.

Beautiful Dartmoor Panels Finished and Ready To Go

I have finished my latest commission of 2 panels for the exterior doors of a Dartmoor farmhouse which is being renovated by the owners. They are off to the glazers early next week to be incorporated into a double glazed unit, to be fitted into the new oak doors next week.

I have reworked some older Dartmoor scene designs for these windows, I really like refining an existing idea, as I can always make them a bit better. I am very pleased with the results.

Heart production line

The past week has been largely spent making hearts for a shop order. It is quite a big order and it is quite unusual for me to do such a large production run. I cut 30 small hearts and 20 large hearts (170 pieces in total) from recycled glass and each one is a different colour combination and unique and I spent several of evenings in front of the TV wrapping the copper foil tape around the edges of the cut pieces and burnishing them flat. I also got a really nasty blister on my thumb from all the cutting (you have to press reasonably hard. I have ran out of copper foil, so the small hearts will have to wait till the middle of the week. Which is no bad thing as I was getting a little bored!

Today I soldered the 4 pieces of the large hearts together with a soldering iron and added a piece of wire for the hanging. Each one takes about 10 minutes to solder. They are then washed and polished and tonight I will add beads and silky thread for 10 of them. The other 10 will be hung with 2 smaller hearts for my bigger heart hangings.  But I think that is enough heart surgery for 1 day!

I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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