I realise that I have neglected this blog for quite some time but there has been such a lot going on this year and I simply haven't had a minute to spare!
The North Devon Art Trek back in September was a great event and I was delighted to welcome visitors to my studio and give them a cuppa while they looked around. One of my open studio days was also a World's Biggest Coffee Morning for MacMillan Cancer Support. With your help we raised over £118 for the charity.
Don't worry if you didn't manage to visit this time as I plan to hold my own occasional open days and possibly some workshop preview days too. If you'd like to stay informed, please subscribe to my newsletter.
I am now busy gearing up for my next event which is the fabulous Artisan Market taking place in Barnstaple's Pannier Market on Sunday 3rd November from 10am to 4pm. I will be there with all my stained and fused glass creations along with over 100 other contemporary artists and makers from North Devon and across the South West. I will also be giving a demonstration of how I make my cute little Christmas angels, so why not come along and celebrate all things 'handmade' by doing your Christmas Shopping. Entry is just £2 per person which includes a free tea or coffee.
I have 11 more workshop days between now and the end of the year including a new, 2-day Christmas Wreaths workshop, along with all my usual Christmas decorations workshops.
Did you know that 'Halloween' with its Pagan roots originated with the Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sa-when). The Celts believed that the veil between their world and the next became very thin at this time of year and could be easily crossed by the departed as well as ghouls, spirits and other creatures.
Families would set an extra place at the table, light a fire to guide their loved ones home and dress in costumes and dance around the fire to ward off any evil creatures.
More recently, Samhain, like many ancient Pagan festivals became Christianised as All Hallows Eve, eventually becoming Halloween. The legend of the 'Jack-o-lantern' is thought to be about a drunken Irishman who made a bargain with the devil over a gambling debt and was condemned to roam the earth for eternity with just a hollowed out turnip and a lighted coal.
The Irish took the tradition of carving Jack-o-lanterns to America where pumpkins, which were not available in Ireland, were used instead as they were so much easier to carve than turnips!
I can offer tailored workshops to suit you, If you have a group of friends who'd like a creative day, perhaps a hen party, or a birthday, please get in touch.
Studio nights (and possibly also days) will start in August. This will enable you to work on your own projects. Sessions will run regularly on Thursdays from 7pm to 9.30pm and will cost £7 (or 3 for £20). The price includes: studio workbench space, use of all tools & machinery, general consumables plus tea/coffee etc. To be able to take advantage of this, students will need to have previously taken a workshop with me. Once you've done that, you'll be free to do your own thing. You're welcome to bring your own glass etc. or choose to purchase from my supplies and I'll be on hand for advice if required.
If you would like something more exclusive, I also offer one-to-one tuition days in leaded panels, copper foil, or stained glass mosaics. It includes all glass tools and materials, plus refreshments, lunch and my undivided attention. Please get in touch if you're interested.
Yes, I know if looks a mess but, trust me, it's going to be totally fabulous.
That 6'1" beardy bloke at the end of the room is my lovely husband, Carl. He is doing practically all the work, such as putting up the ceiling, walls, installing windows etc. He's my hairy hero ;-)
Anyway, there is currently a little staircase to the right of him which will be removed to make way for the toilet facilities. There is a small window just behind his left shoulder (currently boarded up) which looks out over the skipyard behind us. Moving forward from there will be a small kitchen area so I can provide lunch for my students. This will be where the first window is on the right.
Then we'll have a lovely woodburner on the left where that red space heater is.
The rest of the space will be taken up by workbenches, a kiln and storage for tools and loads of gorgeous glass.
If all goes to plan there will also be a small area to display assorted stained glass pieces and a space to showcase other crafts.
We're aiming for it to be ready in time for the 26th May workshop.
Suncatchers, hearts & flowers - 3rd February 2018
Stained glass mosaics - 17th February 2018
Beautiful bunting & magical mobiles - 10th March 2018
Stained glass mosaics - 17th March 2018
Stunning Suncatchers - 31st March 2018
2-day Leaded Panels - 28th & 29th April 2018
Funky tealight holders - 19th May 2018
Stunning suncatchers - 9th June 2018
Magical Mobiles - 14th July 2018
Beautiful bunting & magical mobiles - 18th August 2018
2-day Leaded Panels - 15th & 16th September 2018
More dates will be added soon.
I love Sir David Attenborough, and let's face it, who doesn't? I have grown up watching his captivating documentaries. Now I have started making a few pieces inspired by The Blue Planet II.
I am so excited to be able to tell you that plans are now underway for converting the space above my husband's workshop in Bideford into a purpose built creative space for stained glass as well as a variety of other arty & crafty workshops.
It's an old Victorian warehouse with great potential, however, it does need dividing up and having a few facilities such as lighting and heating installed.
Once it's completed, it is my intention to run regular 2-hour evening classes to enable students to complete more ambitious projects. With my entire selection of glass and materials to hand there will be a much greater choice than presently, where materials I need for classes in Umberleigh have to be loaded into a small car.
I already have quite a few stained glass classes scheduled for 2018.
If all goes to plan I'm hoping the warehouse space will be ready by May. Watch this space!