Posts Tagged 'Christmas'

Where to find me this Christmas

Mermaid and fish glass sculpture

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.

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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!

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A creative Christmas break

I have not been in my studio since Christmas Eve, a well needed break for my hands and mind from the world of glass and a chance to concentrate on my family and home.

The festive season really started for us when we had a Winter Solstice celebration with friends whilst watching the sunset over Budleigh Salterton Beach on 21st December. The day had been very cloudy, but just as we got to the coast the clouds cleared and we had an amazing sunset! I think these photos will be incorporated in my work sometime soon!

I have small girls and I had spent much of the run up to Christmas looking forward to making some Barbie clothes my girls and their best friends, I followed the instructions on this lovely blog http://sewspoiled.blogspot.com/2011/01/barbie-clothes.html, this is ‘Marrying Barbie’ and her friend ‘Bridesmaid Barbie’ (my feminist inner voice sighs at my children’s obsession with ‘marrying’)

While I had the Sewing Machine out its been new cushion cover time and a chance to recover the horrid   kitchen chairs which were getting a bit 60s in the wrong way!

My children’s Christmas gifts were a world of craft activities and stickers which they have been racing through enthusiastically, one of the best of which was a kirigami mobile kit. Basically its lots of pretty printed paper with shapes printed onto it which you cut out and assemble into long strings with coloured thread and sticky tape. We have added a couple of large bits of driftwood to hang it and now we have a lovely family art work in the living room…..bets on how long till the cat or one of the kids wrecks it???

The break from formal work has given me the head space for lots of new design ideas and I cant wait to get started on 2012! But before that starts I am looking forward to seeing out 2011 in style with a fire, food and friends. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I hope 2012 is a good year for you all x

Capturing other people’s memories of long summers by the sea

Just lately its been all about craft fairs and exhibitions, which means making lots of the things that I know sell well, which can make me feel like more of a machine than an artist! But bubbling away in the background I have been working on a series of panels for a customer who has previously brought large exhibition pieces and now wanted something special to her family to give as Christmas presents.

The design brief was to capture their childhood summers in Devon sailing around the coast and walking the coast paths picking blackberries in the late summer with the sea and the cliffs in the background and here are the resulting 3 sizes of panels, the largest will be housed in a bespoke wooden frame tomorrow (the glue is still drying in the local carpenters workshop), the medium panel is edged with sea glass and both have kiln fired painted details.  The yellow boat is cut from lovely mouth blown glass as the family boat was very important to their holiday’s. The contours of the cliffs are picked out in swirly cinnamon baroque glass which adds texture and the sea and grass are from water glass which mimics the ripples of water, especially when the sunshines through it and creates shimmery water reflections. The opaque glass used for the sails adds a good contrast to the transparent glass and leads the eye to the centre of the panel.  The smallest panel is a simpler version of the big ones with acid etched berries and leaves.

The colours and simplified forms of the design give the panel a retro feel; its wonderful being involved in creating such special Christmas gifts and I am really pleased with the results, I hope they are too!

The amyorangejuice machine is in full swing!

The machine being me, in my studio till all hours at the moment! But its all very exciting, I have a whole load of events going on at the moment and over the next few weeks and I thought it was about time I put keyboard to blog and told you all about them!

I spent Friday night hanging my part of the TAAG Plant Life Exhibition in Teignmouth. This is only up for  a week, so get there before the 2nd December to have a look! As well as my work there are some wonderful pen and ink drawings, amazing 3d photography and various other excellent perspectives on the theme.

Saturday continued in a frenzy of activity as I raced to get stock ready for my part in the wonderful Exeter Food Store’s Christmas Exhibition. I am sharing the cafe upstairs with Elizabeth Rashley’s gorgeous lino cut prints and we spent all day Sunday getting all our work up! It took a surprisingly long time (I always totally under estimate how long these things take)

but it looks fabulous, its such a treat for me to have so many floor to ceiling windows to hang my work in! This exhibition runs for all of December and I am having a special view on Thursday 15th December from 6-8pm with mulled wine and nibbles, please come along if you can!

Anyway, no time to take a breather yet, I still have 2 craft fairs and an other Christmas exhibition to hang in the next couple of weeks…more about them later, now I had better get back to the studio as I also have a commission to complete before Christmas! ahhhhh (slight panic)

Art in the Moor

Devon Artist Network’s Christmas exhibition is in full swing with a packed gallery of wonderful artwork by my fellow network members. I am always slightly overwhelmed with the standard of the other artists work and its great to be exhibiting along side such a talented bunch. From wooden carvings to large expressive oil paintings, all of the work captures a different mood of Dartmoor. If you find yourself in Princetown please take a look in The Duchy Centre, its a great base for a day out on the moor with plenty of cafe’s and good walks near by and the exhibition has something for all pockets, from £5 to £3,000, so its a great place to start your Christmas shopping!

Autumn and winter pieces

I have been busily working on some seasonal designs, from autumn leaves and dandelion clocks to winter scenes and tiny glass icicles for the Christmas tree, all of these will be finding their way into my Folksy shop over the next few days. I have included painted detail to the panels and the icicles are all made using recycled glass. Oh, and my autumn leaves are selling wonderfully at present.

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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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