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Cementing and experimenting

Today has been a real day of 2 halves, lots of cementing my leaded panels which is pretty dirty manual work and a long session of experimenting with recycled glass fusing. I created a couple of little seaside panels, an abstract wavy panel and lots of tiles for the kiln which are cooking away as I type this….we will see tomorrow if they have worked and indeed, if the glass was fully compatible! Pre kiln firing photos below, post firing photos to follow tomorrow

I had 5 visitors today, a mixture of fellow artists, local people and a friend from round the corner, very civilised! Still 2 days left to come and see me if you are in the Exeter area.


 

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Not quite managed a post a day!

Whoops! A broken camera stood between me and Sunday’s Open Studios blog post, no point in a post without a pic!

Anyway, Sunday was a very successful day, 5 visitors and lots of sales! I sold 2 big items for my OS partner Ulrika and I sold 2 of my acorn design and a few other bits. I really cracked on with my mermaid panel and completed the leading process and soldered the whole thing up, amazing what you can do with 7 hours dedicated time without kiddie interruptions!

Monday and Tuesday my studio was closed for some much needed down time so I went to see my friend Karen McCammon’s Open Studio, she does fabulous seascapes and portraits and I brought a couple of her prints for our parents. She has a real talent for capturing a wave breaking! Tuesday I took my parents and toddler to Edge Sculpture Trail, Heathercombe and we had a magical day strolling around the beautiful woodland and interesting sculptures there.

Today was back to the studio, thankfully the high winds left the gazebo intact and 12 people came to look round today, which was a really good start to the week! I leaded up 6 small etched hills panels ready for cementing and did a lot of glass painting; mostly of houses for a small winter scenes, but also some teasles for a panel I have been making and then breaking accidently for weeks now (it was meant to be finished for the Open Studios launch!) and a brand new autumnal blackberries design which has been floating around my head for weeks…….but I am keeping that one to myself until tomorrow………see you then!

Open Studios Day 4

Day 4, second blog post, wonky I know! Anyway yesterday I blogged about how I had cut all the glass for the mermaid window, today I have painted on the details and got it all in the kiln. I use kiln fired glass paints which come in a powder form, you mix them with gum arabic and water to make a paste and then get going. Its a devil to work as it dries to a powder very quickly and then can not be over painted or touched up, you need to make smooth fluid lines from the off and have a very clear design to work from and have beautifully prepared glass and design….needless to say I am just at the start of this adventure, but I am getting the hang of it slowly! The window details are heavily inspired by one of my children’s favourite books, Jinny Ghost (by Jane Ray and Berlie Doherty). A strange beautiful story about a ghost who transforms nightmares into exciting adventure dreams. The kids love the story, I love the illustration!

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We had a good day today with 5 visitors so far, we have an hour left, so who knows how many more (last year an entire evening class turned up at 7.30)

 

 

 

A Warm Open Studios Welcome!

Open Studios is in full swing! In the 3 days we have been open to the public we have had 20 visitors, which I am pretty pleased with! So, what is there to see?

Firstly and most importantly I am delighted to have my friend and ceramicist Ulrika-Igraine Munoz-Alarcon exhibiting and working in my garden gazebo. Not only is she heavily pregnant, but putting up with the less than ideal weather conditions (its a bit breezy in there!) with great grace! Ulrika makes wonderful vessels and jewellery from paper clay and creates delicate and striking pieces incorporating her own graphic design decals which she fires onto her work and is busy making new pieces whilst with us.

I have spruced up my workshop with a nice coat of white paint and have hung a lot of work in my studio! I have also put lots of my bigger pieces out in the garden and weather permitting (they dont like high winds) there is a shoal of  fused glass fish and a lot of glass raindrops hanging around. I have various projects on the go for the Open Studios period, making recycled fused glass tiles for my kitchen (limited success so far), a lovely little restoration for my friend Marion Andrews (who also participating in Open Studios with her fascinating seashell workshop) and 2 panels to make for my own home. The first of these panels is a long promised window for my little girl’s bedroom, they want mermaids, so that is what I am making them, giving me a chance to further develop my glass painting skills, which are still pretty limited! Anyway, day one, the glass is cut, tomorrow acid etching and painting the pieces. Please feel free to come and see how I get on with all these projects, or keep checking back here to see how I am doing!

We are open 11 am -6pm Until 18th September 2011. Open till 8pm Thursdays and closed to remind our children who we are on Mondays and Tuesdays

39 Regents Park, Exeter, EX1 2NY

Fanfare please…..my new studio unvailed!

Bless my folks (there they are sitting down) who have spent the last fortnight either buiding me an extension to my existing workshop (Dad) or running around after my kids so I could catch up on some work (Mum). Both of whom did an amazing job. My Dad’s ability to make something out of nothing (a door and window from the recycling centre, some bits of wood, floorboards and sheet plastic) is a real skill. Our childhood’s were peppered with Dad’s various sheds, extensions to our house and other random building projects and when I ran out of space in the first one he built me he was happy to come and do the same again. Thank you Dad, I think you will agree he has done a fab job, as you can see we even let him have a day off for the Royal Wedding!

The extra space means I have a dedicated drawing area (looking out of the window onto our garden) a leading and cutting area, my light box is now usable cos its not covered in other work any more and I have a lot more storage. Due to the clear roof I have loads of natural light and it is a wonderful workspace, thanks so much Dad…now where was that list of things for you to do next time you visit???

Ta Da, meet the Kiln!

I am really pleased to have taken delivery of my kiln, its quite a complicated beast and I must confess I am still a teeny bit scared of it! But it is installed in its cosy garage home and I have started experimenting with glass painting. I am desperate to get on with some warm glass techniques, but I have a big art fair to prepare for which has somewhat got in the way!
Kiln fired glass paints are notoriously difficult to master, so I am really surprized to have done 3 firings without any blistering or exploding, let me know what you think of my first results!

Going down Memory Lane

When my old school friend Wendy asked me to commission a special piece for her Mum’s birthday I was only to happy to oblige, especially having discussed the subject, Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast. This fast disappearing village was where I spent many a happy childhood day on the beach and as a teenager camping on the cliffs (I believe the campsite has all but disappeared now, reclaimed by the sea). The lighthouse thankfully still very much on dry land, keeping ships safe from the cliffs and sand banks and it is this landmark that I turned into a panel.

They were very pleased with it and said, “….it looks fabulous! Hopefully mum will be over the moon…Thanks everso much for doing this, its really special.”

 


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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