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Open Studios ends with a deluge of rain!

What a weekend of contrasts it has been! Saturday was fresh and chilly, but a pleasant day and my studio was busy with visits from people in the locality. I am glad to say I met some really nice and very interesting people and caught up with some of my neighbours.

I emptied a colourful kiln full of flowers on Saturday morning, they have come out very well and as well as making up swags of flowers for sale in Insideout I am also going to keep some back to make an applique glass panel, I think they will lend themselves well to this.

I prepared lots of fusing tester panels on Saturday afternoon to be fired on Sunday. Sunday morning I loaded up the kiln and paid close attention to the cycled and the rapid cooling phase of fusing glass as I have been suffering from devitrification problems when fusing with recycled glass (where the glass crystalises when it is cooling, creating a matt granulated appearance to the back side of the fused piece). Hopefully I got it right today, we shall see tomorrow!

Today has been relentlessly rainy, I had to empty my gazebo gallery early as everything was getting soggy and windswept! I only had one visitor on my last day of Devon Open Studios,  she stayed for quite along time as it was raining SO hard she would have got drenched and so we had a great chat! But I would not have wanted to go anywhere myself today and as the gazebo was out of action it was probably for the best. But I got lots of panels cemented and got to watch a film with my kids as well, which is the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon anyway!

My studio can go back to being my own private little space again now for another year! Thanks for everyone who helped me advertise my event, handed out leaflets and put up posters at their work. Thanks also to everyone who came to visit me its been fun.

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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

Lots of Angels!

I am currently working on a panel for a couple who have just moved house and want to make a special feature in their hallway. They are very fond of angels, so this is the theme I am working on. I have made 6 quick sketches and I will work whichever one they like best into a full cartoon to make the pattern from.
The window is long and thin, and not especially big, so the designs are quite simple and stylised to make the most impact. I intend to use vibrant Mediterranean blues and greens and have a small border to frame the panel and I hope to etch individual feather motifs into the border, as if they have just fluttered down from the angels wings.

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Devon Open Studios, past the half way point!

I am well into my second week of Devon Open Studios and nearly 50 people have been to visit, which is great. Its a bit strange not knowing when people are coming and then several people arriving at once, but that is part of the fun of it too!
I have also been able to get on with lots of work, having nearly finished my Scotland window and I have new commissions to get on with at the weekend, so lots of interesting processes to watch including a restoration.
My gazebo gallery has stood up to the weather so far and I have sold a few items too.
I am open until 6pm on Sunday 19th, so still a few days to come and visit!

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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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