• Exhibitions,  Galleries,  General,  News & Events,  Public Art

    Solo Exhibition

    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….

    This is where it all began….


  • Community Art,  General,  Public Art

    Hot Metal

    As ever, my life has been hectic with things related to my business, the studio and of course home life – I knew I hadn’t written a blog post for a while; well Christmas was the last one I remembered.  What I hadn’t realised was that I never posted anything about the second Metal Ages sculpture, and that was well, AGES ago!

    Back at the end of September, we finally got the opportunity to install the final sculpture at Erewash Museum in Ilkeston.  I say ‘we’ – that would be me with the camera and occasionally passing a drill or screwdriver, and Gavin & Mark doing the lifting, carrying, digging, drilling….

    This one is a rather large sculpture.  It’s over two metres high, and about two and a half metres wide.  It is made up of 7,000 nuts, which represents the size of the workforce when Stanton Ironworks was in it’s heyday.  It has four ‘vines’ growing from the ground, which represent the four main foundries that could be found in the Ilkeston area back in the 1900’s.  Across the middle is a shank, used for pouring molten metal in a foundry.  The centre of this holds a glass disk, which like the ‘Old Men & Pipes‘ sculpture at King George Gallery is inspired by the ‘fire in the sky’ that was ever present when Stanton was a busy place, and also representing new beginnings.

    Musuem Sculpture Install8 Musuem Sculpture Install6 (2)




  • Glass,  Public Art

    Metal Ages…. and it has been ages!!

    If there’s an award for bad blogger of the year, I think I would certainly be in the running!
    There’s been so much going off.   In March, Gavin and myself did some workshops in schools – this produced some fantastic work, including glass, metal embossing and casting – hopefully I can show you some of the work at a later point.  Who cares about chronological order?
    I managed to get a few more sessions in at university doing photograms, and I was very sad when this came to an end – I feel like I’ve still got so much more to explore, but I need access to the darkrooms to be able to develop (hahaha) this further.  Do you think they’d notice if I just wandered in…. we’ve got the AA2A exhibition soon, I have to be ready by the end of next week.
    We held the spring Open Studios at Shed 2 as part of Derbyshire Open Arts.  I managed to squeeze in a visit to Chelsea 100th Flower Show to help Rachel Carter – unfortunately, I didn’t get a lot of chance to look round as it rained. And rained again.   And rained some more.  You get the idea.
    However, I was very excited last week that we were able to install the first Metal Ages sculpture at the King George Gallery.  That’s the Royal “we” – as in Gavin and his builder dug holes, heaved the thing around, and poured in post-crete, whilst I stood on the side-lines saying left a bit, right a bit and taking photographs.
    I think it looks amazing.  I love the combination of new glass and old metal.  I love what Gavin has done with the found objects from the Stanton site, combined with donated tools from our walks and meets we did way back in February and March.
    Anyway, here it is – the second sculpture should be installed fairly soon, more on that later!
    An overview – slightly over exposed, but had to show you the beautiful settings:
    The beautiful King George Gallery building
    My glass element
    Found metal objects from Stanton Ironworks
    Donated tools from former workers
    The glass set into the Stanton Arrow