Well – it’s high time we eased in to 2021!
Jenny and I have been taking the time to reflect on what we’ve achieved recently and a lot of that is thanks to you – so thanks for your ongoing support!
And thanks also if you nominated a pandemic-hero for a free glass art workshop in recognition of what they’ve done for others recently.
We had loads of really deserving nominations – some that almost made our eyes a little moist – although I still say that was just dust in the room in my case!
We asked our arty chums Clare and Jo to make the final impartial judgement and we’ve now contacted the winners with an invitation to choose their workshops.
We’ve also taken some time to develop new workshops.
There’ll be a great new glass fusing workshop (from me, Mike, this time) next newsletter – we’re just finalising the format and costings right now.
It’s rather different from the other fusing workshops you already know about so watch this space.
It’ll be fun, informative, and will definitely appeal to gardeners and lovers of 3d projects.
New soldering and glass cutting master-classes on website now…
Following some great suggestions from past students, two new ‘masterclass’ workshops have just gone live – for anyone who’s already working in glass and wants to develop their skills further.
We’ve run similar bespoke sessions on request so it seems like the time to offer these more formally.
First off is the new Copper Foil Soldering masterclass.
Want to get your bead soldering smoother, learn how to address common soldering challenges when working on your own, and learn more about taking care of your soldering iron? Want to discover how to achieve a smooth edge bead to strengthen your foil?
Want to experiment with patinas and learn how to make your end result smooth and professional-looking?
This masterclass in soldering is for you!
Or maybe you’d like to develop your glass cutting skills?
This session is great for both stained glasses and glass fusers.
You’ll work on exercises designed to take your glass scoring and breaking to the next level, under our close guidance. We’ll show you how to successfully break tricky shapes and help you understand how glass behaves when breaking so you can continue to learn on your own.
We’ll also cover the merits of the different cutting and breaking tools you may be tempted to purchase in our usual unbiased way, and help you understand how better workshop layout can help you cut your glass better!
You’ll find lots of info on the website pages for each session – follow the links below.
Workshop dates up to July now online…
As none of us can be quite sure yet when it will be safe to resume workshops, we’ve added new dates for our most popular classes up until July.
Fancy getting a bit crafty but not sure if it’s a good time to book?
Have a look at the workshops we’ve got from April onwards and sign up in confidence.
We like to think our no-quibble guarantee is the inspiration behind all the travel companies’ offers we’ve been bombarded with this month!
Put simply, if it’s necessary to change a date, or re-schedule, or you need to cancel because of illness or local restrictions, or any other Covid-related reason, we’ll find future dates for your workshop as often as needed, and make every effort to offer dates that are easy for you to make.
After 2 re-schedules we’ll also offer either an open-ended credit note worth 120% of the value of the workshop you’ve paid for, or a full refund as well as further dates.
If you’re unwell, or have to shield, or need to change a date for any other reason, we’ll find a way to sort things out to your reassurance.
There are new dates for all our regular workshops in glass, silver PMC jewellery, silk painting, painting and printing with Clare Tebboth, art courses with Emily Brady, and our stained glass evening courses with Vitreus Art too.
This page has links to all the courses and workshops with new dates this year.
Mini tutorials – what would you like to see?
Following on from the soldering and glass cutting master-classes we’ve just set up, we’d like to have a go at making some helpful videos for our lovely students while we’re in lockdown.
We’re popping over to the studio next week to record some little video tutorials.
What would you like to see?
For example, one of the videos we’ve been asked to make will show how to torch fire PMC silver. We know some new PMC jewellery makers find this tricky when starting out, and there’s always the risk of melting the clay and wasting it.
Maybe there’s an aspect of stained glass or glass fusing you’d like some guidance on?
Drop us a line and let us know. If it’s possible to do a little video to help you, we’ll give it a go!
New art online and available to buy:
Since we closed at Christmas we’ve been enjoying photographing lots of the new work we received from our lovely local artists, and adding it to our website.
There’s so much fantastic creativity around it would be a shame not to share it with you!
You’ll find the latest work from all the artists below now online and ready for you to view and purchase.
And of course, any purchases made online are automatically covered by distance selling regulations (although these are due to change soon thanks to Brexit). If you change your mind you can cancel your order within 14 days, and if you’re not happy with what we deliver or ship to you, you can return it to us, as long as you notify us within 14 days.
We know it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how a piece of art will look in your room.
In other times we’ve always offered to bring a piece to you to ‘road test’ at home.
As we can’t do that currently, we’ll happily create a mock-up of your room with a chosen artwork on the wall, scaled approximately (as best we can), using a photo of the room you take and send to us. It’s good fun – get in touch to try this service!
So here are the artists who’ve brought us new work recently or whose online galleries have been updated this month, and links to where you can see more – just click the pics. Enjoy!
Julie Edmunds – contemporary mosaics
Robin Souter– oil paintings
Marlene Snee– watercolour paintings
Richard Ballantyne – quirky bird and animal ceramic sculptures
Penny German– prints and oil paintings
Lou Thomas – oil, pastel and acrylic paintings
Kirsteen Holuj – ceramics
Juliet Brown (Julissimo Jewellery) – silver jewellery from cutlery and semi-precious stones
We’ve also updated the galleries online for these wonderful artists:
Clare Tebboth – oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings
Niki Thomas – oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings
Hilary Audus – bird and animal ceramic sculptures
Ken Flegg – fused glass sculptures & bowls
Diane Griffin – ceramic scroll vases
Roger Loxton – Fused Glass
Jane Warwick – pen, ink and mixed-media paintings and prints
Sam Burke – Fused Glass
We’ll be adding and updating more from our other artists in the coming weeks too.
And there’re also new fused glass pieces from Jenny to look at here too.
We’ll be cracking on and making more pieces, some large, some small soon – we’ve got some commissions to finish, further new workshops to develop, and some re-organising and re-hanging in the gallery all on the to-do list.
And now – one more question for you if we may?
We’re contemplating running a Beginners Glass Fusing evening course over the summer.
The idea would be to experience lots of different fusing techniques and materials, one project per week (or over two weeks possibly), building up to a body of work that explores a number of the key glass fusing techniques, and giving you a good introduction to what’s possible with fused glass.
Alternatively, where a student has already done some fusing already, they could work on a more complex or larger project over the course. There would be full tuition throughout, and hand-outs to keep.
We’d love to hear your ideas or suggestions. – just email if you’d like to send your feedback!
Contact details are here:
Well – it’s time to say – stay safe and well and we hope we can all get back to being creative in friendly groups soon.
Mike & Jenny