Published November 1, 2016
Art in Devon , stained glass
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art glass, bespoke, commission, craft, Derbyshire landscape, design, Devon, Exeter, glass, green, handmade, landscape, lead, light green, Malborough, painted glass, panel, rabbits, stained glass, stained glass panels, traditional methods, trees, turquoise, window, window decoration, yellow
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.
Published June 22, 2014
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, beach, beach huts, bespoke, blue., cliff, coast, commission, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, exhibitions, front door, green, hand painted, Hawaiian, hibiscus flower, landscape, lead, painted glass, panel, recycled, red, sculpture, sculpture trail, seaside, south Devon, south west coast, stained glass, stained glass panels, summer, summer shows, Teignmouth, traditional methods, tropical, window decoration
Having relocated 12 miles from Exeter to South Devon last winter it is amazing to have our first summer in our seaside house! I am finally back into a good work routine (these things are so dependant on the delicate family/ life balance) and I am preparing for a packed summer of shows and exhibitions!
The new house and my exhibition schedule have crossed over in a serendipitous way and I am making some panels which just so happen to be the right size for windows in our house, so I can install them at home after they have been on tour. Aloha Teignmouth has been designed for my kitchen door. We live in a 30’s semi with original internal doors and these doors have lovely proportions; but I cannot live with the existing frosted glass and view of the recycling boxes behind (what self respecting glass worker would) so I have made this homage to all things Hawaiian and tropical. This playful panel is intended to liven up our white and black kitchen scheme, obscure the less attractive aspects of modern life from indoors and is a great chance for me to work ‘off brief’. The view of the cliffs and beach huts in the background of the panel is the view out of the main kitchen window; I do like it when I get to reference the settings of the windows in some way, windows after all are part of the houses architecture.
The outside world keeps on turning and Gloss Gallery summer show is already up and running, which I am pleased to be part of and as the summer holidays grow nearer I am feverishly working on my recycled sculpture for TRAIL 2014 and working towards my first Devon Open Studios in Teignmouth, I will be sharing the TAAG gallery with 3 very talented artist friends and we are all working on new pieces for that.
Anyway, the sun is shining and recycled washing machines do not turn themselves into sculptures, so I will head out into the Sunday sunshine.
Published November 18, 2012
Tags: bird decoration, blue glass, Christmas decoration, free, free give away, fused glass, give away, glass bird, green glass, home decoration, homewares, prize, stained glass, window decoration, winner
handmade glass birds
I have had these little fella’s hanging around in my studio for ages, they are lovely, but a bit too delicate to sell. But enough of my friends and customers have commented on how much they like them for something to happen to them; so I have decided it is give away time!
The birds are made from green and kingfisher blue glass painted with copper paints which have been fired in the kiln and they are edged in thin lead and have little wire feet and crests soldered on. They will look great hanging on a tree or in a sunny window, but they don’t like to be bent so need to be treated a little bit carefully!
handmade glass birds
To win one of these all you need to do is follow me on twitter and tweet about the give away or follow me on Facebook and share this blog post. I will pick 4 winners at random (I usually get my 4 year old to point at some lucky likers/followers) on the 1st December 2012 so they will be with their new owners before Christmas!
Published September 13, 2012
Tags: acid etching, Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, blue., boats, commission, craft, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, Exeter, Exhibition, glass, glass making, handmade, landscape, lead, making glass, making stained glass windows, Open Studios, stained glass, stained glass panels, traditional methods, window decoration
Open studios rumbles along and I have spent my day cementing and soldering.
My big glamorous Art Deco door panel is now cemented to make it weather proof and we have to wait a couple of days for that to harden off now…
My acid etched panel is coming on nicely, the patterns have come out very well.
I have almost finished a birthday commission Love Bird piece
Oh and I have a new panel with fused bird inclusions and lino cut prints ready to be framed now!
Strange fact of the day = ALL my visitors today for Open Studios do glass as a hobby or are students of glass (as we all are of course!)
There is still lots of time to come and see me, click here for details of opening times and so on.
Published September 10, 2011
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art glass, bespoke, bubbly, commission, craft, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, DOS, Exeter, friends, glass, handmade, lead, panel, private view, reclaimed, sculpture, stained glass, stained glass panels, traditional methods, visitors, window, window decoration
Had a lovely day today with 25 visitors, most of whom were are friends and were lured by the bubbly and a good look at my new kitchen! (In fact people we know really well totally bypassed my work and rushed straight through to see if we finally had a functioning kitchen!)
I managed to get my raindrops sculpture up in the garden this morning and spent the day threading the raindrops back on whilst chatting to everyone. I also managed to apply the etching creme to the glass I painted with PVA resist yesterday…sadly my camera is still not cooperating and so no photos, better luck tomorrow I hope! There wasnt time for much else as we had lots of people come round today, which was wonderful, the sunshine even came out for us! Ulrika (the ceramicist in my gazebo!) also managed a full day, which when 36 weeks pregnant is no mean feat!
There is still a whole week of Open Studios to go, so plenty of time to come and say hello!
Published September 9, 2011
stained glass , Uncategorized
Tags: acid etching, Amy Mccarthy, art, artisan, bespoke, commission, craft, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, Exeter, gifts, glass, handmade, lead, Open Studios, panel, recycled, stained glass, traditional methods, window, window decoration
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!
Published September 8, 2011
Tags: acid etching, Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, Berlie Doherty, bespoke, children's story, commission, craft, dartmoor, design, Devon, fish, glass, glass painting, handmade, illustration, Jane Ray, Jinny Ghost, landscape, lead, mermaid, panel, recycled, sea life, seaside, south west coast, stained glass, stained glass panels, traditional methods, window, window decoration
Day 4, second blog post, wonky I know! Anyway yesterday I blogged about how I had cut all the glass for the mermaid window, today I have painted on the details and got it all in the kiln. I use kiln fired glass paints which come in a powder form, you mix them with gum arabic and water to make a paste and then get going. Its a devil to work as it dries to a powder very quickly and then can not be over painted or touched up, you need to make smooth fluid lines from the off and have a very clear design to work from and have beautifully prepared glass and design….needless to say I am just at the start of this adventure, but I am getting the hang of it slowly! The window details are heavily inspired by one of my children’s favourite books, Jinny Ghost (by Jane Ray and Berlie Doherty). A strange beautiful story about a ghost who transforms nightmares into exciting adventure dreams. The kids love the story, I love the illustration!
We had a good day today with 5 visitors so far, we have an hour left, so who knows how many more (last year an entire evening class turned up at 7.30)