Well, it’s nearly here! So I’d like to wish all my followers a very Merry Christmas to wish you all the best for the New Year, and to thank you all for your support and kind comments – it’s always good to know that you like my work!
2013 has been a mixed year – I’ve been involved in some great projects; one working in collaboration with Gavin Darby of frailloop recycled steel sculpture resulting in two permanent sculptures (and recently an exhibition at Erewash Musuem), another working in lots of schools across Ilkeston on a new (to me) technique that I hope to develop personal work from; it’s great to do with children and never fails to illicit a positive response when they see what they have achieved.
It’s also been tinged with sadness towards the end, as my studio share partner and very good friend, Nicola Lidstone is moving on to pastures new. Rachel Carter, a founding member of Shed 2 Studios, who has shown unending support and guidance in my first few years as a professional artist, as well as becoming a very dear friend is also moving on to a bigger, better and brighter future with The Harley Gallery & Workshops.
What this does mean, are changes at Shed 2, which I am excited to see come about – who knows how our new residents will shape our future. Also, I have taken the decision to take over the whole space, which will mean changes here at Dawn Turner Designs too.
I’ve recently invested in new equipment, and the bigger and better laid out space means I will be able to offer larger workshops with a variety of techniques.
The projects I’ve worked on this year, and also having some time *not* making glass have given me lots and lots of ideas, that, due to personal circumstances, I haven’t been able to try out yet.
2014 should see me able put lots of new designs into practice, as well as enabling more people involved in working with kiln fired glass (and maybe other techniques too).
I look forward to sharing my journey with you – see you on the other side!
(apologies if you’ve just read all of this over on Facebook!