Published May 23, 2015
Art , Art in Devon , Devon , recycled art , Sculpture , Teignmouth
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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
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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.
Published June 22, 2014
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Having relocated 12 miles from Exeter to South Devon last winter it is amazing to have our first summer in our seaside house! I am finally back into a good work routine (these things are so dependant on the delicate family/ life balance) and I am preparing for a packed summer of shows and exhibitions!
The new house and my exhibition schedule have crossed over in a serendipitous way and I am making some panels which just so happen to be the right size for windows in our house, so I can install them at home after they have been on tour. Aloha Teignmouth has been designed for my kitchen door. We live in a 30’s semi with original internal doors and these doors have lovely proportions; but I cannot live with the existing frosted glass and view of the recycling boxes behind (what self respecting glass worker would) so I have made this homage to all things Hawaiian and tropical. This playful panel is intended to liven up our white and black kitchen scheme, obscure the less attractive aspects of modern life from indoors and is a great chance for me to work ‘off brief’. The view of the cliffs and beach huts in the background of the panel is the view out of the main kitchen window; I do like it when I get to reference the settings of the windows in some way, windows after all are part of the houses architecture.
The outside world keeps on turning and Gloss Gallery summer show is already up and running, which I am pleased to be part of and as the summer holidays grow nearer I am feverishly working on my recycled sculpture for TRAIL 2014 and working towards my first Devon Open Studios in Teignmouth, I will be sharing the TAAG gallery with 3 very talented artist friends and we are all working on new pieces for that.
Anyway, the sun is shining and recycled washing machines do not turn themselves into sculptures, so I will head out into the Sunday sunshine.
Published April 14, 2014
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The school Easter holidays are in full swing; but I being a self employed artist and a mum means my days are full of sandy children for the next couple of weeks and working life needs to be pushed to the margins. Early mornings and after kids bedtimes have become my hours of work, this is how I worked through their preschool years and I am glad I learned to juggle all of these competing demands right from the children being babies, as I can slip into it quite easily now. But it does slow me down! and I am glad to have this triptych of panels packaged up to go to their new home in Cambridgeshire, as their new owner has been most patient!
The brief for the commission was to create three 30 cm square panels, each reflecting a different part of the day from sunrise to sunset. The client provided some of her photos for me to include and wanted a version of my ever popular teasels photo in the mix too. The three panels are to run vertically down an internal wall in a newly remodelled kitchen and the colours go from subtle yellows and light blues at sunrise to purples and pinks for a dramatic sunset.
The panels are made by firing photographic images onto the glass in my kiln and then leading them up in the same way as any other traditional leaded stained glass panel. The photographic images are permanently attached to the glass so the panels are as durable as normal stained glass.
Anyway, off to the post office and beach, in that order to get these panels off to their new home! Enjoy the sunshine on this sunny Monday morning.