Monthly Archives: November 2021

*Baby it’s cold out there….* – open up for news from Vitreus Art, aka Mike and Jenny

 

This is our penultimate newsletter before Christmas and now the weather has gone
from mild and sunny to cold and bloomin’ snowing in parts, winter is definitely creeping up.
And everyone knows what else is creeping up!
May we invite you to read on?First up – what’s new at the gallery?

Yep – Some more Christmassy treats fresh out of the kiln from Allan Page – there are these gnomes and Santa Bells.
Each bell has a different pitch and if any more kids play with them I’m going to start calling these Satan Bells.
They are cute though!

In from glass fuser Ken Flegg, there are more penguin, snowman and santa tree decorations;
when they’re gone they’re gone.
And after a busy weekend, there are now just a few of our own glass-decoration-cards which you can post
or use to decorate your own tree – as you choose!
Jenny’s been making these in every spare moment but we’re now running out again
and there won’t be kiln time for many more.

Meanwhile, for plant-people, there are these robin and holly plant stakes, and just a few bumble-bee plant stakes.
Great for decorating a floral centrepiece or a Christmas houseplant.

Newly arrived, there is a fab collection of new ‘Just a Splash’ porcelain bowls and vases by
Carol Read – colourful and every one is unique.
We’ve already sold nearly half the pieces delivered earlier this month so it’s clear they’re desirable!

On the walls and in the browsers – there are new Mark Duffin Prints to replace the ones sold
this month and three new superb Val Goldfinch original watercolours.

Also, remember the Lou Thomas Greenland painting so many of you watched Lou creating during
South Northants Art Trail?
Well – it’s finished, gorgeous, and on display at just £325.

As with all our large paintings and 3d pieces, if you’d like to see it at home, just ask.

Freshly woven by wire sculptor Linda Johns we have a brand new silver spider’s web set in a willow branch
(exquisite) and two more of her mini webs on card ready to take home.

Now it’s time for News from the studio….

Terrarium Triumph!
Our first one-day terrarium stained glass copper foiling workshop ran last week and it was a blast!
Three groovy terraria made, and we’ve just received a photo from Fran of hers planted with cacti.
This is an enjoyable and educational project to build if you’d like to learn how to make 3d copper foiled pieces.
Thanks to Fran for the pic of her terrarium at home.


Lots of interesting techniques, and a piece made you can take home, plant, and enjoy.
Visitors to your home will be green with envy!
There’s a second-up one-day workshop programmed for next year, and if the 4-week evening course currently running works well, we’ll consider adding another evening course too.
See here for info…

However, we’ve got so many new workshops to fit in it’s going to be a busy year in 2022.

For example, we’re working on a brand-new fused glass sunflower 2-day course with glass fusing expert Roger Loxton, an upholstery course with Jason Brown, the new Wire-Wrapped Jewellery workshops with Jo Cross (already three-quarters booked for the first 2 sessions next year), our forthcoming ocean wave fusing class, our new 2-day weekend Fusing course for intermediates and some more which must remain a closely-guarded secret for now!

Speaking of the new Fusing Weekend course (code-named ‘Turning Up the Heat’), the first weekend session is now fully booked so we’ve added in another session in June and a final one for the year I November.
Places are limited to 4 for this course to ensure plenty of input from us.
Have you done some fusing before and want to learn new techniques, build your confidence, or develop your understanding of firing schedules? This is the course for you!

Beginners looking to get a good grounding in lots of essential fusing techniques are invited to join our 6-week Intensive Fusing evening course. Test out a number of key techniques like tack-fusing and slumping and then make a project over the latter 3 weeks incorporating your new knowledge. The next 6-week course with spaces starts in May.

By way of a little teaser, here’s a cool, simple fused glass wreath made by Bron recently, as a little add-on project.
She’s convinced us to include this a half-day Christmas workshop next year.
We’d hoped to add one of these as a workshop this year but time has got away from us!
Also shown some groovy icicles made on the same day.

And finally, there are more dates for most of our established workshops in to May next year, plus there are dates for Emily Brady’s Art For Beginners 6-week evening course and for all of Clare Tebboth’s one-day arty painting and printmaking classes. We’ve even persuaded Clare to run one of her unique Paint Like Monet workshops!

Since the last newsletter, Jo Cross’s first Wire Wrapped Jewellery workshop is now fully booked with just 3 places remaining on the later session in September. Don’t delay booking if you’d like to make groovy jewellery with this fashionable technique!
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/wire-wrap-jewellery-jo-cross-beginners.html

All our classes and courses and those run by Emily, Clare and Jo Cross are here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/classes/index.html

And we have a question for you – we’re contemplating running a 4-day intensive stained glass ‘prairie’ lamp workshop as an evolution of our column lamp workshop. A Prairie lamp is a 4-sided lamp with flat sides fanning out at an angle.
We expect this workshop would include all the materials including base, lamp holder, glass and 4 days of full tuition.

The cost is yet to be decided, but it will not be an inexpensive workshop as we want to keep the class size small.
What do you think?
Photos here are of a lamp I made last year, and one made by regular student Lizana this year.

We’ll offer two designs of ours, but will be open to helping you design your own, subject to some practical considerations. If you like the sound of this, let us know and we’ll add you to the VIP invite list….

Well – that’s plenty of news for now – thanks for reading this far and we hope you’re keeping warm,
Best Wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S – Regarding wearing masks
As the government has now mandated the wearing of face-coverings in shops we’d like to say thanks to everyone who’s been wearing theirs throughout!

 

A brand new workshop for next year, new art, fun hand-made Christmas decorations – updates from Vitreus Art aka. Jenny & Mike

Since we last posted we’ve been away for a week, got rained on heavily, ate at some great restaurants, hoovered up the sea air and visited some favourite old haunts down in Cornwall.
We’ve come back with heads full of ideas of new workshops and pieces to make so do keeping reading our newsletters – otherwise you might miss something exciting!

To start off with, here’s a completely new workshop for you – Wire Wrapped Jewellery – make contemporary jewellery with your choices of sea glass, polished pebbles and glass cabochons, taught by jewellery maker Jo Cross.
 
Wire-wrapping is a fun way to make stylish pendants out of any interesting stones, pieces of glass or fused glass ‘gems’ you may have at home.

On this workshop Jo Cross will teach you how to make a series of pendants using glass cabochons, sea glass pieces and smooth stones and you’ll leave with at least two pieces of completely unique jewellery.
All materials are provided, but you could also incorporate your own pieces of sea glass (for example).

The workshop is structured to lead you through all the essential techniques and will include student notes to help you carry on at home if you get the bug!

Jo recorded a short video explaining what this new workshop is all about – visit this page on the VA website and learn more!
Vitreus Art Wire Wrapped Jewellery Workshop with Jo Cross (vitreus-art.co.uk)

As with all workshops at VA, class sizes are small, lunch, refreshments and materials are included in the price and our Covid no-quibble policy still applies!
Go here for info, dates, prices and to book!
Vitreus Art Wire Wrapped Jewellery Workshop with Jo Cross (vitreus-art.co.uk)


Vouchers – give the gift that shows you have great taste!

With Christmas fast approaching, it must be time to remind you about our Gift Vouchers!
If you know someone who’d love to get crafty in the new year, or who’d like to choose their own arty present, get in touch to arrange, or visit this page:
Vitreus Art Gift voucher (vitreus-art.co.uk)

You can buy a voucher for a value, or for some of our most-requested workshops.
When you do, we’ll email you when we receive the transaction to ask who the voucher is for and if it’s for a special occasion. We’ll then send you a personalised voucher to print out, with room inside for your own message.
Or if you have something a bit different in mind, just get in touch and we’ll sort it out with you.
We can also print vouchers in the studio while you wait.
Vitreus Art Gift voucher (vitreus-art.co.uk)


New in the gallery….

Meanwhile in the gallery, you’ll see there’s lots of new art for all budgets.
For starters, how about these delightfully mystical paintings by Mark Duffin, all originals, all neatly framed in white and ready to hang. Great value for £250 for genuine originals!

There’s also a selection of limited edition prints for just £45, but be advised – in the first week half of our stock of prints has sold already.

Pop in and have a look, or visit Mark’s page on our website:
Mark Duffin Artist at Vitreus Art – Magical Acrylic Paintings (vitreus-art.co.uk)

And there’re three fabulous pieces from new artist to the gallery – Sally McRae.

Sally devotes a great deal of time to experimenting in fused glass and we love her latest creations!
I haven’t had time to add these to our website this week so you’ll have to pop in or message us if you’d like to buy one of her new pieces!

There’s also several new slate paintings from Val Goldfinch, some painted during last month’s Art Trail and a new series of painted wooden houses.
Check out her cute rainbow cottages (some sold already), or her new bird paintings in operson – or they’ll be on our website later this month.

Jenny’s got her eye on the puffin pair, so you’d better be quick if you fancy these two yourself!

You can see examples of work from almost all of the 50 artists showing with us here:
https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html


Also new in the gallery….

And now it must be time to share some of the new Christmas decorations making their first appearance this week!
In addition to last year’s super popular Snow-Persons and Penguins, Ken Flegg has made us a batch of his cheeky Santas – so charming!
We also have some more of his coloured stars and frosty icicles.

And all the way from Devon, there’re new metal decorations from Cuffys – stars, mistletoe, snowflakes and a few mini trees – all in this year’s fashionable hammerite finish.
There’s also a selection of Jenny’s ‘frozen ice’ fused glass snowflakes on our tree, ready to be hung on yours!

We have a finite stock of all of these – when they’re gone they’re gone.
We’re now getting low on Jenny’s tealight holders and fused glass card-decorations too.
This year we probably won’t have time to make all these purchasable online so either call in or message us to order yours.


Workshops coming up…

Or if you fancy getting a bit creative yourself, there are just a few places left on these workshops before Christmas:

Christmas Scented Candles –  26th Nov at 2.30pm – 2 places, with a collection of seasonal fragrances to choose from. We won’t be running this workshop next year so why not snag one of the last places now?

Fused Glass Tealight holders – make 4 funky fused glass tealights – 14th Dec at 10.30am – 2 places – decorate a set of 4 tealight holders to light up your dinner table!

Fused Glass Christmas Decorations 1-day Workshop – make around 8 unique decorations – 18th Dec – 1 place; make a whole collection of decorations including stars, trees, Santas, tealight holders, icicles and more!

Or if you’re looking to learn more and make something more substantial, we’re adding more new dates up until May next year for all our regular workshops.

Well – that’s a lot to digest – thanks for reading this far.
All our best wishes
Mike & Jenny

P.S. look out for details of new upholstery evening course in March- it’s going to be fun!

P.P.S If you’ve been creating recently, or have taken what you’ve learned with us and started working at home, do send photos of what you’ve made – we love seeing them!