Blog Hopping

Blog Hopping

I’ve been asked by my lovely friend Craig at http://fishinkblog.wordpress.com to get involved with a Blog Hop! The idea is you get to see what I’m up to but also to hop back to look at Craig’s Blog and forward to other recommended blogs.

Craig is not only a brilliant and frequent blogger, (his blog introduces different artists, usually with a fairly graphic or illustrative style) but is also a designer/illustrator doing some gorgeous work.

The first question is What am I up to?

As usual I am multi-tasking. A big thing I am working toward is the Celebration of Glass event at Manchester’s Victoria Baths on 13-14th September. Alongside my friends from The CGS Northern Hub, we are putting together a glass fair and exhibition with workshops and demos at this beautiful venue.

Swimmers

Swimmers

I have been making some leaded panels that will be hung in an old victorian changing room!

Changing cubicle

Changing cubicle

Along a similar line, I have made these cyclist panels which have been very successful due to all the excitement about cycling here in the Peak District.

Leaded and painted stained glass panel

Leaded and painted stained glass panel

glass for "Le Tour"

I am planning a big project at a local school starting in September, where I will be working with the pupils to design stained glass windows for their library.

How does it vary from others of its genre
I guess my style comes from my interest in surface pattern and illustration. I really enjoy glass painting, and although I use traditional materials and techniques, I am not looking to emulate traditional styles, but like to use the medium as I see fit!Enamels

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Here are some of my windows made in collaboration with schools;

Middleton Tyas School

Middleton Tyas School

Ripon Cathedral School

Ripon Cathedral School

St Peter's School, Harrogate

St Peter’s School, Harrogate

Why I create what I do?
I have always made stuff. My Mum said when I was a child I was always making things out of paper mache, or sewing or cooking. I love designing windows but also enjoy the process and the craftsmanship involved in stained glassglass 104
How does my creative process work?
I use the computer a lot, either to scan in and rework drawings, but to cut and paste and play with ideas and compositions

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When I have got an idea I like, I often work on it on my ipad using the brushes app.bernard 2

Here I can mess about with colours, putting them behind the black lines of my drawing. When I have come up with a composition/design I have to blow it up to full size (which I also do on the computer). This is the cartoon and basis for cutting and making up the window.

I choose and cut the glass, then paint and fire it before leading it up. Although I have to be specific to size, I don’t like to plan too much as I like to leave some things to chance and see what happens. I like to choose my colours as I go along and work in a fairly intuitive way.

I would like to recommend the blog by Linda Norris, painter and glass maker.  Linda’ s own work is beautiful, but she has also been involved with some really interesting commissions http://lindanorris.wordpress.com/

Thank you for taking time to look

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Bit of a catch up

Its been a while since I last posted and it has been a busy few months.  For the first time this year I took part in Derbyshire open Arts. It is a great way to promote your work and meet other local artists.  I managed to sell quite a few pieces, these cyclists proved to be very popular.  I have made some more as we are cycle mad here in the Peak District, with L’ Eroica cycling festival this weekend and Le Tour Yorkshire coming over to the Peaks in July.

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Last week I ran a days fusing workshop at Rural Arts in North Yorkshire.  Some of the participants had already done a fusing taster day with me last year, but I was very impressed with their work

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I have also just delivered some mosaics made by school children at Morton and Stonebroom Prmary Schools in Derbyshire.  They made this lovely mosaic for Harron Homes new site in MortonImage

 

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Shifting Perspectives Symposium

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Just back from the most fantastic 10 days at Northlands Creative Glass, up in Caithness.  The symposium was led by Carrie Iverson and Jeremy Scidmore, and covered kiln casting and a very interesting process to print onto glass.

We made some open face moulds of junk we found on the beach, before filling them with wax and then making a further mould.  The wax was then steamed out and the space left was filled with glass powder and fired.Image

Jeremy making the final mould

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Here is my casting of a dolls head found on the beach!

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The printing process involved inking up a laser printed image using etching ink.  This image was transferred onto the glass, before frit (glass powder) is sieved onto the image, the idea being that the glass powder sticks to the sticky ink.  The glass is then fired, the ink burns away, leaving the frit to form the image.

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Here are some of the pieces before firing.

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…..and after.

I am really looking forward to experimenting with the techniques I have learned.  It was a great course and made even better by the lovely participants who came from all corners of the world,

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and the Caithness sunsets.

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Xmas Decoration Workshops

Well, its that time of year and my kiln has been firing non-stop.
I’ve run lots of workshops over the last few weeks, with both adults and children, showing them how to make simple decorations with fused glass.
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We have had lots of fun and the results have been great, Thanks to everyone who has taken part.

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Some new painted glass panels

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I have been experimenting with some painted glass panels.  These have taken four or five firings each.

Here’s a fishy one!

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New Birds

I have been playing around with some new ideas for painted birds this week.Image

 

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I am ready for the Christmas exhibition at the Number four Gallery in St Abbs Scotland, heres one with a maritime theme!

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Young Curators Project Continued

I have just finished firing the painted and fused pieces made by the young curators in Thirsk.Image

The participants have already made some leaded windows, using modern imagery, but ancient techniques.  

This time the idea was the reversed  and the imagery  was based on medieval art and medieval stained glass, but using modern fusing techniques.

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We also played around and had some fun making some free form shapes

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