Posts Tagged 'gifts'



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!     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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.”

 

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!

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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