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Vitreus Art is moving in July……

We know it’s not been long since our last post, but there is some news that we would like to share with you and  it deserves a post all of its own.

As much as we have enjoyed our time here at Wakefield Country Courtyard these past 5 and half years, it’s now time for us to be moving on.

During July Vitreus Art will be re-locating to The Bell Plantation, Towcester – so it really is just a short hop of 6.5 miles down up road.
It has been great here at Wakefield – we’ve made many new friends and created lots of lovely artwork for some lovely clients, but we need a different kind of location.

If you haven’t visited the Bell Plantation before, you’ll find plenty to enjoy – a great cafe, farm shop, garden centre, vintage and collectable homewares, the famous poultry centre and much more.
Bell is located on the A5 just north of Towcester, right by the junction with the A43.

You can check out what’s going on at Bell here:
www.bellplantation.co.uk

If you are booked on to one of our workshops up and until the 19th July, these classes will all be held at Wakefield Country Courtyard.
From Friday 24th July, all workshops will take place at Vitreus Art at The Bell Plantation, Watling Street, Towcester, NN12 6GX.
We will of course send reminders nearer the time of your workshop with a reminder of the new location address as well as emailing all students individually with more info.

We’ll be transferring the gallery side of our place over the next few weeks so forgive us if things look a bit untidy at Wakefield for now. If there’s something particular you’d like to see, let us know so we can make sure it’s on show where you can enjoy it!

We will be closed for all visitors during the week of July 20th-26th (with the exception of workshops on the 24th & 26th) for the heavy lifting. We’ll still be keeping on top of emails of course.

We’ll be back in touch soon with info about new workshops, new artists and more.

Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at The Bell Plantation when we open!
Best Wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. We will be running some launch events and taster days to welcome you to our new place later on, when we all feel more like gathering in groups.
We’re also planning to take part in the Macmillan Coffee Morning event in September – look out for details soon.

Vitreus Art Lockdown update and re-opening – June 16th

We are so very excited that we can invite all our lovely students and visitors back to Vitreus Art on Tuesday 16th June (subject to no changes from official guidance)!
We have certainly been missing you all very much, but our doors will be open again soon.

As with all businesses opening soon, Vitreus Art is following the most up to date guidelines to keep us all safe.

Both the gallery and the studio have been deep-cleaned with all surfaces, floors, tables and chairs cleaned and then wiped down with The Wharf Distillery Sanitizer (thanks Lawrence Connisbee!), which is made to the ‘WHO’ guidelines and is 80% alcohol.

Cleaning is a major priority for us and all tables and chairs and hard surfaces visitors could come in to contact with will be cleaned and sanitised between uses.

Our mutual health and safety is our priority so a few changes have been made and will remain in effect for as long as required:

·         The Gallery and Studio now have their own doors.
·         Studio entrance is for those attending classes only
·         We ask that on entry to either the studio or the gallery you make use of the hand sanitizer and wear a mask (which are provided, if you don’t have your own)

·         Class sizes going forward will be for 4 students only – this ensures the required 2 meter distance between work tables and room to move around the studio.

·         We can accommodate 2 people in the gallery at a time – this allows for safe distancing; there is also a one way system that we ask you to follow.

If you’d prefer to visit out of hours we’ll be happy to make an appointment – to talk about a creative project you’d like to make, commissions, or to allow personal viewings of any of the work we have (and there’s lots of new work on the walls now!).

·         As always we have hand-washing facilities available and more hand sanitizer on hand.

·         We have always had a policy of each student having their own set of tools on our workshops, but it’s more important than ever that these tools are not shared between students – even if you want to be helpful.
Not sharing is the new helpful!

·         Tea and coffee will still be provided for workshops, with washing up of mugs followed by sanitizing between each use.

·         Finally, we will be unable to provide lunches during our workshops for a while so we must therefore ask that anyone attending our workshops brings a packed lunch with them.
·         Finally, Finally if there is anything you think we have missed please feel free to tell us; these are new and strange times for us all and we all need to work with each other to make our world a safer place to be.

We’ll be operating different opening hours for the time being, starting on June 16th:

Gallery
11am to 4pm – Tues, Wed & Thurs
11am to 6pm – Fri – Sat
11am to 4pm – Sunday
Or by appointment outside of these times.

Studio
Workshops will take place as per the times they are advertised, from July in our re-organized space.

As you can see, we’ve changed the layout of the studio and gallery to make space in the studio for classes, and layout out the gallery area to encourage distancing.

We understand that you might be reluctant to venture out on or shortly after the 15th June – so get in touch if you’ve seen something on our website or Facebook page and would like to test drive it at home rather than come to us.

When you are ready to come over, you’ll find new art and craft from Peter of WdWorks, Lou Thomas, Sam Burke, Linda Johns, Abby Cork, Marlene Snee, Ken Flegg and more.
There are lots of online mini-galleries to view on our website here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html

And we’ve made lots of new pieces in lockdown too; these are just a few examples…
Hit this page to see all the new pieces we’ve made – there are loads!
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/stained-glass-art.html


Workshops resume (cautiously) in July

The good news is that we should be able to resume workshops in July.
This could change, of course, but the plan currently is:

The first workshops to start are the ones where spacing can be easily achieved without reducing the learning enjoyment and where no tools or materials need to be shared.
The full list of workshops due to take place in July is below but there are a few we’d like to highlight.

On Friday Clare Tebboth will be running her next Wild With Watercolours 1-day workshop.
As places must be limited for spacing, there’re just two places available on this session – open to all painters who want to develop their use of watercolours in imaginative ways.
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/wild-watercolours-with-clare-tebboth.html

On 4th July Clare is back again, to teach her one-day Introduction to Painting and Drawing for absolute beginners. Again, there are just a couple of places free on this one.
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/introduction-to-drawing-painting.html


And then we have a pretty full month of workshops – most of which have one or two spaces remaining.
On each workshop the studio will be laid out for maximum space between work-spaces. Take a look at the photos of the studio to see how we’ve positioned the benches and teacher’s station.

It’s probably going to feel a bit strange for a while, but so many people have been asking about when classes can start again we felt this was a good time for an update!

As we said before, if you’ve booked a workshop and can’t attend, or prefer to join a session later in the year, just let us know. Just as some are itching to get back to being creative, some are understandably cautious.


So here’s the list of July workshops. As usual, there’s lots of info on the web page for each session.
If you want to discuss any potential concerns you have about how a workshop would run before booking, just reply to this email.

July classes with places –

All workshops are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/index.html

Finally, next time we’ll include details of the mini workshops we’ll be offering exclusively to everyone who’s agreed to move the date of a workshop as a result of CV as a thank-you.

And now it’s time to say thanks for reading, thanks for your support and do remember to support as many of the independent businesses around you as you can – they and we will be especially appreciative over the next few months!

Best wishes and stay safe,
Mike and Jenny

What’s new at Vitreus Art?

 

Well you asked for it, and we listened!!

It’s time to take a peek at what we have on offer at your favourite art gallery and creative studio, take 5 minutes from your busy lives and have a relaxing read.

New workshops to enjoy after lockdown are what you have been asking for . So we have come up with a couple of little beauties for you. We’ll set out how we’re re-organising the workshop space at the end of this blog post.

Many of you have been admiring the lovely pebble bowls that Jenny has recently created in the studio, and some of you have purchased them too, thank you.
But, we know that many of you have also been asking how Jenny makes them, and you’d like to create your own.
 
So here you go – follow this link and you can find out all about how you can spend 3 fun evenings in the studio creating your very own pebble bowl. We  announced this workshop last time, and as we are only taking 3 people per course it sold out within a couple of days. So we are now offering a set of new dates in September for you, and surprise, surprise, one place has already been snapped up – so only 2 places currently available, or you will have to wait until we put more dates in the diary.


We ran taster sessions before Christmas where we showed you how to make your very own tealight holders and the demand was so great we have decided to bring you this as a proper workshop.  Again we have listened, and have noted that not everyone can commit to a whole day, so this one will be a half day workshop. Follow this link and you will see pictures and details of the fun session and of course how you can book your place!!
 


The other workshop you have been requesting is ‘Bendy Glass’.
To those in the know this is officially called ‘Glass Slumping’, as you ‘slump’ the glass into a mould using heat from the kiln – but we do like the name that one of our visitors came up with recently, so we are sticking to it – ‘Bendy Glass’ it now is.  Not only will you be adding texture to your glass, but also form.
For more information click here.
 

Wow, that’s an awesome 3 new workshops so what are you waiting for?
Take a look and see what gets the creative tingle in your fingers going.


We know how much you all love Clare Tebboth’s workshops, as her Painting & Drawing course is always fully booked and seldom makes it on to our website.  But aside from the 6-week Painting & Drawing course Clare runs at Vitreus Art, she also runs a selection of one day workshops.
 
Her next one day Oil Painting For Beginners class in the alla prima technique is on 2nd October and there are just 3 places remaining, so if you have ever wanted to try your hand at oil painting, this is the one for you, don’t miss your chance.


Art For Beginners and Art For Improvers Evening Courses with Emily Brady

We know not everyone can make a daytime art course so we asked Emily to run a beginners painting and drawing course on Tuesday evenings for us.

The first Beginners course was a great success with feedback like:

‘An excellent opportunity to try new techniques’, ‘An excellent introduction to various mediums’, ‘Very interesting and fun’, ‘Learned a lot about different techniques and mediums, I feel comfortable about experimenting further’
 

Emily is now teaching the next level up – Art For Improvers, starting on Tuesday August 11th. This is also a 6-week evening course and is perfect for anyone who’s done a little painting or drawing and wants to develop. Small Class sizes, warm studio, tea and biscuits, and a friendly environment – ideal for developing your creativity!
Follow this link for the dates and info – just 3 places left now.And the next 6-week evening course Art For Beginners (which really is for complete beginners and up) starts up again in August. As places are limited we suggest you look at your diary soon and get your place booked!


For further dates coming up after we resume workshops in July please see our Classes website page and you will find an easy to see list on the left hand side of the page.


 New Work in the Gallery

We are very fortunate to know some very talented, local artists and are delighted that we have some new pieces in the gallery from Lou Thomas; on the left, Coniston; on the right – Mont Blanc.


And if you happen to follow our Facebook page you will have seen that Jenny has also been a little bit busy too, creating her new piece ‘Velocity’. This piece actually took 4 firings in the kiln.
Jenny was keen to get the colours just right, so only added small amounts of colour at a time until she reached the point at which she was happy with it.


New Artist in the Gallery
We are very pleased to have recently made the acquaintance of Peter & Greta Holland who between them create some lovely pieces of woodwork for the home and we are delighted to have some of these pieces on display in the gallery now.
 



And now, something a little more serious….
We need to take precautions!

When we resume workshops we’ll be making a number of changes to keep us all safe.

We’ll be restricting access to the gallery side of our premises, and ensuring that the workshop space is kept separate from visitors to the gallery by using the door to the gallery just for gallery visitors and keeping the workshop door closed to other visitors.
  • We’ve re-organised the workshop space so we’ll all be further apart, and not facing each other as has been the case in the past.
  • We’ll all be wearing masks – which we can provide if you don’t have your own.
  • We’ll have cleaning stations and sanitiser at each entrance and workbench.
  • We’re reducing class sizes for the time being and spacing out our teaching benches and student benches.
  • We’ll be cleaning all the surfaces and workbenches, card readers and desks and door handles as well as the kitchens between each session, and at the beginning of each day too
We’re following the official guidance and reviewing the COVID-19 retail and education checklists provided by HM Government in drawing up our workshop and gallery plan.

If you’d like to make a personal visit outside our normal hours so you can visit on your own, just let us know via our contact page.

Thanks for reading, and your support as ever.

Best Wishes
Mike & Jenny

 

Lockdown News from the Vitreus Art Studio – April 2020

Well, hello!

We do hope you’re getting the opportunity to enjoy at least a little of the sunshine that we are having at the moment.
We also hope that you are able to be creative in some way – we would love for you to share your creative endeavours with us via our Facebook page here:
https://www.facebook.com/VitreusArt/

Just before we had to furlough ourselves to our home studio I (Jenny) had started taking painting and drawing lessons for beginners with the lovely Emily Brady.
Thankfully, she was able to impart enough knowledge (there is only so much you can learn in 12 hours!) for me to practice at home so that’s what I have been doing.

Far from perfect (working my way there slowly) I have just finished this painting of a place that is very close to mine and Mike’s hearts and we are looking forward to heading there in October (all being well).
The elephant is still work in progress!

So come on, I’ve shown you mine, surely you can share yours with us too?


And now a request – if you have participated in any of our classes or workshops –  be they taught by ourselves or one of our lovely tutors – or visited the gallery and liked what you found, would you be kind enough to leave a review on of the following please? Thank you!
You’ll be helping to continue to spread the word so we can carry on bringing you fun and creative workshops when the lockdown has ended.

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/VitreusArt/

Tripadvisor:
https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/ShowUserReviews-g2184602-d8113838-r363142235-Vitreus_Art-Potterspury_Towcester_Northamptonshire_England.html

Google Reviews:
https://www.google.co.uk/search?ei=dc6iXtv5MIKP8gLKtoqYBg&q=google+reviews+vitreus+art&oq=google+reviews+vitreus+art&gs_lcp=CgZwc3ktYWIQAzoECAAQRzoECAAQDToICAAQDRAKEB46BggAEA0QHjoKCAAQDRAFEAoQHjoICAAQCBANEB46BAghEApQzrUGWIrNBmC91gZoAHACeACAAWaIAZQLkgEEMTAuNZgBAKABAaoBB2d3cy13aXo&sclient=psy-ab&ved=0ahUKEwibiNTW-4DpAhWCh1wKHUqbAmMQ4dUDCAs&uact=5#lrd=0x4877030b1fa97965:0x4f6a69e10a538d7d,1,,,


Wow – we actually have some new pieces of art work to share with you on this occasion!
Some new fused glass pieces from me, some new garden panels, a lamp and some commissions completed by Mike, and some pieces not ready to show that we’ve both worked on together.

How many projects were tucked away waiting for the right time to finish? Lots!
Coral – Fused Glass by Jenny; Falling Water by Jenny; Mosaic Lamp by Mike; Commission by Mike

There will be more, too, so plenty to see when we can re-open.

You will be pleased to know that Mike is keeping busy with plans for a new 3D lampshade workshop (because the devil makes plans for idle hands!).
Plans will be revealed once he has the programme in order; but something nice to look forward too.
There will also be new jewellery and glass fusing workshops anon…


Mike has also been busy getting more work purchasable online from the lovely artists who exhibit at the gallery.
The list is growing day by day and currently includes Lou Thomas, Marlene Snee, Clare Tebboth, Richard Ballantyne, Graham Lester, Niki Thomas,  Lesley Passey, Brenda Stewart, Abby Cork, David Burton, Hilary Audus, Brian Kichenside and John Damsell.
The aim is to have work from most or all of the artists we work with fully online by early May.

See them here: https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html

He did tell me to keep this bit of info ‘hush hush’ for now, but those of you who know me, know that I always do as I am told!! (Not).
And when you do get to venture out to us, you’ll notice the whole place looks different!

There’s new work from Marlene, Abby and Peter of WdWorks and a fresh new gallery layout.

We even waved a paint brush around!


Mike and I would like to thank you for your continued support, and we are sorry we can’t bring our workshops to you just at the moment – but hold tight they will be back soon.
And should you fancy trying your hand at any of our courses later in the year you can always book online in advance and get the date in the diary, giving you something to look forward to.

By way of a ‘thank you’, to all of you who have happily postponed your workshops with us to later in the year, we would like to arrange a small offer of thanks to you.
For all who have deferred your workshops (without a single request for a refund from anyone, which is fantastic) we would like to offer a free taster workshop to you later in the year.
Please keep an eye on your in-boxes –  when things get back to some form of normality we will schedule these into the diary and send you your own personal invite to join us.

For now stay home, stay safe, stay well and most of all, keep being creative.

Best Wishes,
Jenny and Mike

Welcome Diane Griffin – new ceramic artist at Vitreus Art

We’re delighted to have work from ceramic artist Diane Griffin in the gallery.

Diane’s work is distinctive and surprisingly affordable, while being unusual and colourful too! There’s a bit of a story to Diane’s work too, as she puts it in her artist statement:

The inspiration for my work stems from a trip to Jerusalem many years ago.  I visited the Wailing Wall and was intrigued  by the thousands of wishes and prayers written on paper and crammed between the stones in the wall. I love this idea of leaving something of yourself, perhaps something very personal yet it’s in a public place.

I was inspired by the collective focus for so many peoples’ hopes and wishes at this ancient site and their interaction with it, much like the Love Letters Wall in Verona and the Love Locks Bridge in Paris. I have also recently incorporated some hand written scripts into my work which are taken from old family letters such as those exchanged by my grandparents during the war in 1944.  

I overlay and essentially redesign the script so that you can’t read the whole letter but can recognise words or parts of sentences which keeps it private yet the final piece will sit in a public place such as a gallery or another’s home.

My work features many paper-like scrolls, sometimes single scrolls as a bud vase and other times pushed together to form a sculptural focus on a larger vase. I enjoy using a combination of techniques – slip casting and hand building.
The main body of my larger vases is slip cast, then I hand roll scrolls in different sizes and apply them individually.

I use a variety of scroll sizes for visual interest as well as allowing different stem sizes to be accommodated.  I have aimed to strike a balance between a sculptural aesthetic and a practical function.

Now take a look at some of the pieces we have on show, below.

Prices range from £30 for the smallest Scroll Vases  up to  £130 and £150 for the Pod Vases – very reasonable for work of such delicacy we think!
Like what you see? Pop in to the gallery and enjoy!|