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    Going International!

    My work is going to be featured in my first international exhibition soon!   Okay, so it’s actually in the based in the UK, but features glass makers from around the world, and I m thrilled to think that my glass is going to be exhibited alongside some internationally aclaimed artists.
    As part of the International Festival of Glass, the Contemporary Glass Society are holding a Medallions Exhibition at the Ruskin Glass Centre – here’s my entry:

    Glass Medallion
    I’ve been looking forward to the IFG since they confirmed it was on, which seems like a long time ago – I’ve been the last two times (it’s on every two years) and for anybody with a love of anything glassy, I can’t recommend it highly enough (well, its good even if you’re not a glass addict!) – I usually blog about it, so if you want to see the sort of work you can see, take a look at these earlier blog posts:

    “Off to the IFG” (Images of 2008)

    “What We Saw at the IFG” (August 2010)

    Can’t wait to go to the Festival, and so excited to be part of it!

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    The Joys of Sharing….

    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: 
    Tea Light

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    Precious Purple Patchwork….

    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…