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Art for Charity’s sake

My Under the Weather sculpture installation had a month or 2 off after its summer on the seafront at Teignmouth as part of the summer TRAIL recycled sculpture exhibition but it is now installed at Exeter Northcott Theatre (Exeter University Campus). The staff were most helpful, especially the Front of House Manager Philip Sowton who had to really stretch his job description 3 metres up a ladder with a large mosaic cloud!

It took me 5 and a half hours but I eventually hung 80 recycled fused glass raindrops from the afore mentioned mosaic cloud; made from an old bit of chip board and small pieces of cloud coloured stained glass and mirror pieces stuck to it.

Each of the raindrops is made entirely from recycled glass; small shards of which I have fashioned together into raindrop shapes and fired in the kiln to fuse them together. The look great hanging in a sunny window, or outside from a tree or garden structure. They are for sale individually for £ 8 with half of the proceeds going to The Helen Foundation, a wonderful local charity committed to supporting young people in the arts through a variety of bursaries and arts involvement schemes. My sculpture is up until the 4th December, so if you are at the university please take a look and you can also see my fellow Devon Artist Network members artwork as the autumn exhibition has been extended till December.

 

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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!

Under the Weather

Spent a blustery afternoon on Teignmouth Sea Front today putting up my entry into the annual TRAIL sculpture exhibition. Open to anyone TRAIL has one main rule- your sculpture has to be at least 70% from recycled materials and have some kind of environmental message. Unfortunately we did not receive any funding this year, to the usual grand opening, winners prizes, posters and postcards are absent, but there are still over 30 sculptures to be enjoyed on a free TRAIL from Shaldon Botanical Gardens to Dawlish via Teignmouth sea front.

Every year I make use of my scrap waste glass (a by product of my stained glass business) and this year was no exception, I pieced hundreds of pieces of waste glass (too small to do anything else with) together into rain drop shapes and fused them in my kiln. I have made around 140 in total and these were all strung from a frame made of old office shelving brackets my dad found for me with an old chicken wire cloud filled with empty paint pots and flower pots from a local decorator. I hope my piece symbolises how the weather is affected by our actions on the ground and how much waste we produce. The weather is always awful on the day I put my sculpture up and at least today it wasn’t raining………but gale force winds forecast for tomorrow, so fingers crossed it will still be there!

More of my raindrops will be hung over the river at Dawlish in the week and after the exhibition finishes all of the raindrops will be sold off individually for The Helen Foundation, a local charity working to encourage and enable young people to participate in the arts. Lets just hope the weather, seagulls and passers by are kind to it! I will also have lots of work on exhibition in the TRAIL Inside indoor exhibition at the TAAG Gallery, Teignmouth from August to September 2011

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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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