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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!

Autumnal inspiration

autumn leaves, acer

Autumn is such an inspirational season for me; I am fresh back to work after the summer holidays with the kids and I can concentrate on new ideas for the busy winter period.  This year I can’t stop looking at trees, there has been some fabulous colour on the trees this autumn! Luckily I have got to indulge my tree

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stained glass beech tree

fetish with a recently finished beech tree commission for the front door of a new build house on a farm called ‘Nut Tree Farm,’ sounds delightful hey?

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beech tree, painted leaf detail

Autumnal animals were my inspiration for the upcoming Gloss Gallery 20×20 Exhibition, an art exhibition and auction where 20% of the proceeds go to Hospiscare

yellow foxI also have lots of my smaller pieces in the Themla Hulbert Gallery Present Makers 2012 Exhibition, including my owls and some lovely new stained glass flower wreaths. I haven’t had a chance to go see the exhibition myself yet, but when I delivered my stuff there was some great work being dropped off by others, so well worth a visit!

I am juggling a lot of shows and exhibitions in the lead up to Christmas, but I also have a fabulous commission project which I am now starting, I am direct printing from Ivy leaves, which I will then acid etch………more of that another day, just a little photo of the Ivy being arranged on the glass 

5 a day, including artists!

Devon Open Studios was back on again today and I had 5 visitors again. I have had the same amount everyday! 

I managed to get a new front door panel commission leaded up and ready to cement. Acid etched another panel with designs inspired by Islamic art and ceramics and was given an art lecture by my youngest daughter who took me through a detailed monologue about her new series of paintings from pre school – delightful!

My good friend Ulrika– Igraine and her daughter came to visit, Ulrika is a fabulous ceramicist exhibiting with EVA for Open Studios and local artist Kath Hadden popped by too, lovely to speak to some fellow artists!

There is still plenty of time to visit me at open studios, for more details click here, I am open until the 23rd September

First in a new series, inspired by my children

I am working on some new themes for this year’s work, one of which is a series of panels inspired by my children, trying to capture how they view the world and the tales that capture their imagination. The seed of this was planted in the summer when I made them a mermaid window for their room, read about that here The first finished piece is called ‘The Fox and The Moon’ and expresses the excitement and wonder my girls enjoy in our garden at night. When the familiar becomes other worldly and the local wildlife come out to play! Amazingly we also have a hedgehog, bats and slow worms in our city centre garden, much to their delight! The panel itself is composed of bright primary colours and every piece of glass has been altered in some way; kiln formed glass  textures of the moon and the tree, lino cut printed houses and fox (which have then been fired in the kiln) and acid etched details of grass and stars. It should be framed soon, ready for sale on my website or gallery exhibit, not sure which yet!

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!

Another day, another open studio!

My last late night opening today and I am getting a bit cold in my studio writing this; it has also occurred to me how quickly the evenings are drawing in, autumn is really upon us now! But we have had a wonderful day of late summer sunshine and I took some photos of my work in the sparkling sun. I have had a fabulous number of visitors today, to be honest, I have lost count! it is around 20. Some local residents, a lovely friend, a couple of very experienced stained glass artists, a ceramicist and many other interesting people….one of whom came with a fabulous exhibition opportunity which is most exciting (more of that later in the year).

So what have I managed to get done? well a whole lot of glass painting, the kiln is on and should be well into its cycle by now. In there is the much broken last piece of my teasel panel, lots of small houses for tiny winter scenes and a blackberry panels pieces which I am looking forward to making up into a new little autumn piece tomorrow.

I have also completely cemented my mermaid panel and I will clean that up in the morning……more on that tomorrow. So now I am off to back away and shut the studio, ready for another day tomorrow!

Open Studios day 5

Had a super dooper double productive day today! I started by cutting 6 small landscape panels and painted the PVA glue resist onto these in preparation for acid etching them tomorrow. I then emptied the kiln from the overnight firing and my painted details for the mermaid panel had come out lovely, I painted the PVA resist on to this panel too, which will be lots of small shoals of fish. I had hoped to get the etching creme on the panels today but the PVA glue had not dried and will have to be left until tomorrow.

I then went on to cut 4 small Winter Village scenes, ready to be painted soon and tried to repair a beautiful teasel panel I have already broken twice and managed to break it again (its like someone is trying to tell me something). I finished off a large winter village scene incorporating painted and fused glass, but my camera is now refusing to focus, so I have no photos of it today!

We had 5 visitors today, which brings us up to 30, please come and say hello if you are in the area, we are open until the 18th September!

A special commemorative piece

I have just finished a very special piece for a family who have had to cope with the horrible loss of 4 babies. If I am honest I found it quite hard to get started on the panel as I am a mother myself and the reality of such loss is quite overwhelming. However, meeting the clients to discuss the options really helped and I hope they are pleased with the finished design. 

The brief was to incorporate the children’s names and the motifs of tear drops and butterflies. The clients chose the glass and we tried to incorporate the children’s birth stone colours.

I decided on a free flowing shape edged with bubbles and with a sense of movement. The clients decided on a flow of stars and butterflies running through the panel and they love colour (I understand their house is very colourful and original!)

Firstly I cut the glass, then painted the design, I initially wanted the paint work to be subtle but it was getting lost in the streaky cathedral glass so I went for strong, simple lines so the design would work at a distance. Once fired I leaded up the panel, as I didn’t use the traditional right angle straight line template I had to use a lot of nails and a bit of ingenuity to create the shape.

I really hope that the family like the piece and that it honours the memory of the children and helps them move into the future.

Happily the family includes children who are very much alive and well and doing their bit for charity; have a look here if you would like to help him raise money for charity www.justgiving.com/Charlie-Millard

Please excuse my photographs, my camera seems to be loosing the ability to focus!     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packaging up some exclusive designs for a new Scottish Gallery.

For several months now I have been working on some exclusive designs for a new gallery opening in Kintyre, Argyll, Scotland called Coastal Design and at last its all done, packed and ready to travel to the other end of the country. The gallery will be opening next month and they have commissioned a landscape design from me, in various sizes and colour ways depicting Campbell Town Loch and Davaar Island. The different colour ways reflect the ever changing light and I hope I have captured something of the atmosphere of the coastline there. The panels are made using traditional leading techniques, I have acid etched grasses and rocks into the glass and most of the glass used is recycled and reclaimed waste glass

Lots of other goodies have been packaged up for the gallery too, including; large leaves in autumn colours, boat mobiles, beach huts and hearts so they have a mixture of my leaded and copper foiled pieces…..its a long way to go, I have my fingers crossed they will arrive safely!

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Getting Ready for RHS Rosemoor

I have spent today in the marque at RHS Rosemoor Gardens, situated in the heart of beautiful North Devon, setting up my stall for the Devon Artist Network Art Fair running from Friday 8th April to Sunday 10th 10 am to 5 pm daily.
My lovely friend Ruth helped me out and I made her late to pick the kids up from school, sorry! Anyway, after much hard work I have turned my 3m x 3m space into my own little shop. I am really inspired by the work of the other artists who have some amazing work for sale, so if you can come and enjoy the sunshine and see some artwork at the same time!
I have made 3 pieces specially for the exhibition and framed them, love to hear your thoughts on them


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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