Posts Tagged 'fish'



Fishy sky lights

I have just got back from installing 2 sky light panels to a wonderful apartment over looking the sea in Sidmouth

. My client’s dislike of their dull velux windows in the kitchen of their open plan living area

led them to contact me. The apartment is a large, light modern

building and I took inspiration for the designs from the artwork and pottery around the home. I did a range of designs, from beach huts reflecting some paintings in the lounge to fish inspired by some fabulous pottery.

I have used a very limited pallet of colours in the panel, but there are 10 different types of glass used in the panel in total as I have used a wide range of textures and translucencies. Some of the glass is almost opaque and uses lovely hand drawn yellow/orange and light blue glass and some has quite a deep textured pattern (glass makers call this a hammered surface) the range of textures will make wonderful coloured reflections on the floor and walls. Each fish has an eye made of white/black flashed glass which I have etched with an etching pen and acid etching creme which I have then stuck to the surface of the glass with glass adhesive to give an extra sense of depth and a playful touch.  The panels are fixed to the inside of velux windows with special stained glass fixing clips especially designed for this job and the windows have really lifted and brightened the space without overwhelming the room. Special thanks to my Dad (as usual), who very kindly fitted them for me!

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A very English Mermaid

I have just finished a front door transom light for a lovely family in Exmouth. They have been renovating their Victorian terrace and my design is one of the finishing touches. The brief was to create a mermaid panel with some turquoise and to blend with the decor of the house. The mermaid was to reflect the British coast, with cool colours and also still let light into the hall way.

I used a range of Spectrum and cathedral glass for the window, using the textures and patterns of the glass to add a sense of movement to the piece and I acid etched tiny sea life into the mermaids hair and the rocks at the bottom of the sea. The mermaids limbs were cut from opalescent glass with an iridescent sheen, which gives her an extra magical glow.

The main challenge with the panel was fitting the detail into a very long, thin panel and I kept the lines as simple as possible.

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Making, making, making!

Christmas totally desimated my stocks, which was brilliant, and now I am trying to get my stock levels back to normal with a little making frenzy….its easier said than done though! I work around my children, who are on a rolling cycle of illness  and I have a wonderfully full schedule of commission work to do.

But I have managed to make a new shoal of acid etched fish, they few off my craft stall in the run up to Christmas and I am listing some in my folksy shop and sending the rest to Spinnakers Gallery, Credition and Atelier, Barnstable.

I have also made another batch of my ever popular bottle top rock pools and these too will find their way to the various galleries I sell to!

I have started working on some etched valentine hearts and some new small leaded panels with etched vintage fabric design patterns on them, which have come out very nicely……….watch this space!

Off to the shops

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I have finally finished my shop order for a lovely new shop in Barnstaple, Devon, called Atelier; which is the baby of the very talented Tracey Benton, or NiftyandThrifty as she is also known. They have a blog with information on how the restoration has been going, it is very lucky for me that it has been taking longer than they expected as I keep selling all the stock intended for them before it gets there! But finally and at last it is all boxed up and ready to go!

I have also just made a custom order for a Spinnakers customer who really wanted a stained glass surf board mobile, who am I to refuse such a challenge?  I will be taking them some of my mixed media works next week, to compliment the stained glass works I sell there.  Not sure there is a market for surf board stained glass in general, what do you think?

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.

Getting more confident with acid etching

I am trying to incorporate new techniques into my panels, and I have been experimenting with acid etching. I have managed to etch this fish across several pieces of glass and I am very pleased with the effect and it really adds depth to a classic panel.
I have new commissions in the next couple of weeks, so I will have lots of exciting posts soon
It is for sale in my Folksy shop

New Art Deco Fish

I always like to have one of my Art Deco inspired fish in my shop and this is my latest version of my design. I have used some lovely pieces of glass for this one and even some of my own acid etched glass. This time with a star motif


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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