Through the local arts/networking group that I am a part of, a call was put out for someone to help with a stained glass window restoration. The requirement was for a painted roundel, three of the same design to match a fourth original as part of a building restoration project.
I contacted the architect, Doug, to say that whilst I couldn’t do painted windows, there might be something we could do, so we met, he brought me one of the original broken windows, took some clear photographs of another, and off we went.
It took some time and was a steep learning curve, but as well learning a lot about this particular project and the processes involved, it’s given me some ideas to work with in the future.
I believe the original windows are silver stained, which is something I would like to learn how to do, but for now, I did this with some technical wizardry and lots of experimentation!
As a member of the Contemporary Glass Society, I get to apply for varying opportunities and exhibitions – such as the Medallions earlier this year (click on the link to take a reminder look)
My Maple Syrup platter was one of only 46 selected out of a huge number of entries for the current online exhibtion; click here to see more of “Bowled Over”
Maple Syrup Patchwork Platter, 25cm square
As you’re no doubt aware, I am based at Shed 2 Studios in Ilkeston – a fabulous old building (even though it gets a bit cold!), which rather than making individual units, the original founders decided to leave as open studio spaces.It makes for a great working atmosphere, with lots of sharing of ideas, no feelings of isolation that some makers suffer, we can chat while we work – you even know when someone’s put the kettle on because they can’t sneak by – we here ya! It also gives me access to other skills, materials, equipment and techniques for for a maker is invaluable.But alongside Shed 2, in the next building along, is another maker, Iain Swanson of Leafbone Furniture. Iain makes a range of unusual, but absolutely beautiful bespoke furniture, often retaining the original shapes of the pieces of wood he uses. When you see his work, you can’t but want to touch it (sorry Iain, I’ll bring the duster…) I’d recently made some mini-panels with the idea of making colourful tea-lights, so for our recent open studios, I asked Iain to make me a few stands. Obviously my brain wasn’t fully engaged, and I forgot to explain that I wanted to place the tealight in a holder at the back of the panel; however, when he brought me round the samples, it really didn’t matter – as I thought what he made was beautiful anyway! He’s managed to capture elements of each panel and make unique stands – again, they have that touchy-feeliness and I think they go lovely together. Here’s a selection:
Can’t beat a bit of alliteration…. I made this a couple of weeks ago, intended to go to the Seed Gallery at Crich. I showed it to my friends in the galleries of my two favourite forums, Frit Happens! and Craft Pimp and someone on there fell in love…. so it sold before it even got out the door (it practically sold before it was cool from the kiln!). I do think it’s rather lovely myself though…