As part of my creative career to now, I’ve been part of several group or collaborative exhibitions, done a residency, created several pieces of site specific art work, regularly run fusing workshops as well as general arts and crafts with schools and community groups, I stock my work in galleries and have decided to dip my toe back in the world of craft/artisan markets again.
But soon, I will be doing probably the biggest ‘thing’ so far – I have a solo exhibition coming up! It’s both exciting, but also daunting, to think that I have to fill a whole gallery space by myself..
Now, I can’t say it will make the slightest bit of difference to my blogging practices, as once again I’ve been neglecting this! But the last few days have seen lots of planning, a bit of testing, and lots of asking questions and looking for opinions – yes, it’s MY exhibition, but I want to get it right!
It will be, shall we say, an eclectic mix – samples of older and some brand new work, both recycled and new glass, some more functional style pieces alongside purely decorative display work as well as the thought provoking response led work I did during the residency last year.
This time though, instead of a bit of work in the war gallery, I have the WHOLE room (did I say this was a solo show??) – the Lally Gallery at the lovely Erewash Museum in Ilkeston. And it’s on for nearly two months.
It’s an amazing opportunity to showcase my work, and also a chance for me to reflect on all I’ve learned and created, as well as to share a little bit of my knowledge of the world of glass.
The next three weeks will probably result in very little sleep, lots of fretting, and hopefully, no breakages! Wish me luck….
Late last year, I took some work to a new – to me, anyway – exhibition space/shop in the historic town of Lichfield.
Emporium Gallery were having a Christmas Wonderland exhibition and they displayed some of my decorations. I also cheekily took along a couple of the new pieces I’ve been working on. I bit of a move change for me, but a direction I wanted to go in.
The delightful ladies in this elegant gallery took those samples, and were very complimentary and enthusiastic about these new pieces. I went back this week with a selection, and I can now announce that I am officially stocked and amongst great company in this gallery of contemporary British original art and designer craft.
Here’s some of the pieces that are now on display: