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Windows inspired by Derbyshire

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I have just finished three panels were commissioned for a house near Malborough, in Derbyshire and they will sit next to each other horizontally. The family love the rolling hills, dry stone walls, sheep and fields of vegetables in the local area. The left hand panel shows their own house, the middle a view of the local market square and the right hand panel incorporates sheep drawn from their own photographs. Other personal symbols are included, from flying geese to small rabbits to entertain their grand children.

The panels are for an internal wall between the kitchen and the dining room, the limited colour palette fits with the kitchen colour scheme and they will bring interest, light and colour into a restored country cottage. They are made using traditional leading techniques and I have painted the glass with traditional kiln fired glass paints.

 

From snow to rainforest

Took our annual pilgrimage to Eden Project yesterday, it is only an hour or so drive from our house and we like to go in January with our old friends for a spot of ice skating and to heat up in the tropical bio domes!

Yesterday I needed to take LOTS of photos of olive trees in the Mediterranean Dome for a new commission I am working on for Olive Tree Therapies  a gorgeous new beauty salon in Exeter (more of that another day) but I also did lots of snapping in the other, bigger dome.

Snowy day on the Moors

I love it when it snows and always get very excited; as do my children! We watched the rest of the country get snow….indeed it did snow in Exeter, but it didn’t settle. So by this morning we were desperate to find some snow.

We didn’t have to look far, Castle Drogo  was a winter wonderland today and we had a great time sledging in the deserted peace of the magical castle on Dartmoor.

The light was really unusual today. I often find this in the South West, there is something in the damp misty air which transfuses light in a unique, sometimes eerie way and I got to take lots of photos, which to me is the modern day sketch book. I take lots of photos and refer back to them often.

Autumnal inspiration

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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 

Not quite managed a post a day!

Whoops! A broken camera stood between me and Sunday’s Open Studios blog post, no point in a post without a pic!

Anyway, Sunday was a very successful day, 5 visitors and lots of sales! I sold 2 big items for my OS partner Ulrika and I sold 2 of my acorn design and a few other bits. I really cracked on with my mermaid panel and completed the leading process and soldered the whole thing up, amazing what you can do with 7 hours dedicated time without kiddie interruptions!

Monday and Tuesday my studio was closed for some much needed down time so I went to see my friend Karen McCammon’s Open Studio, she does fabulous seascapes and portraits and I brought a couple of her prints for our parents. She has a real talent for capturing a wave breaking! Tuesday I took my parents and toddler to Edge Sculpture Trail, Heathercombe and we had a magical day strolling around the beautiful woodland and interesting sculptures there.

Today was back to the studio, thankfully the high winds left the gazebo intact and 12 people came to look round today, which was a really good start to the week! I leaded up 6 small etched hills panels ready for cementing and did a lot of glass painting; mostly of houses for a small winter scenes, but also some teasles for a panel I have been making and then breaking accidently for weeks now (it was meant to be finished for the Open Studios launch!) and a brand new autumnal blackberries design which has been floating around my head for weeks…….but I am keeping that one to myself until tomorrow………see you then!

Pieces for ‘Landscapes’ at Otterton Mill

 

After a mammoth effort I got all my pieces for my latest exhibition to the gallery 4 hours before they started hanging, which is cutting it a bit fine! Otterton Mill is a lovely gallery space, craft shop, working Mill and award winning restaurant near Budleigh Salterton in Devon and this is my second exhibition with them, almost exactly a year a part. The works here are all inspired by local landscapes, from Poltimore House to Sidmouth beachand incorporate found objects, etching and acid etching, recycled glass. All the pieces are made using traditional stained glass leading techniques and some of them are framed in reclaimed tulip tree frames, commissioned from a local carpenter, which look lovely. I have 10 large pieces and several smaller items for exhibition and sale in the gallery, along side 2 other artists, the wonderful Robert Jennison and local artist Amy Cummins our work seems to compliment each other very well. I am glad I work in glass as it would be very daunting to be exhibiting paintings with such talented artists!

Anyway, below is a slide show of my pieces and the exhibition is free and runs from 5th March till 25th April, so please have a look if you are in the area.

Colaborating with another artist

I have just started a project with another artist on Folksy, the wonderful Sue from Lynwoodcrafts . We have chosen an item from each others shop and are designing our own interpretation of it.

Sue makes wonderful miniature embroidered and woven scenes and landscapes, mostly in the form of brooches and pendants and I adore her work, so I hope I can do it justice! It will be very interesting to see how the soft tactile textures of Sue’s work contrast with the hard glass and metal textures of mine. But a love of the coast and landscape and nature runs through both our work so we do have lots of common ground. Here are the pieces we have chosen from each others shops

I have got as far a working cartoon so far, I cannot start making it till I have been to my glass merchant on Monday as I need more glass!

I intend to use a wonderful dark streaky purple cathederal glass for the dark purple blue sections and another great streaky orange and yellow streaky for the sunset section. I will acid etch the tree silhouettes onto the glass


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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