Get creative with Vitreus Art, plus news from the gallery – from Mike and Jenny

Well it’s February and we are heading for longer and warmer days, and with the longer days hopefully that will inspire you to get creative, if you haven’t been already!
We have some great workshops coming up, and bookings are coming in thick and fast, so if you fancy trying to get creative this month, or anytime during the year don’t dilly dally!!
But more on that later.

Firstly, we wanted to let you know about all the wonderful new artwork that has recently arrived in the gallery.
Some arrived and then left very quickly, like this lovely little fox, but we do still have some lovely pieces from ceramics sculptor Hilary Audus.

Painters Louise Thomas and Niki Thomas (not related) have delivered some amazing, colourful paintings.
We are loving the heavy and moody skies in Lou’s new Greenland paintings (more on our website) and this very evocative painting by Niki, another moody painting with loads of movement given by big, bold brush strokes.
There are 5 more new paintings in the gallery and will be on our website soon.

Unsurprisingly, Anne Gilbert has certainly become a very popular artist at Vitreus Art in the short time she has been exhibiting with us; her paintings of wildlife are full of character with each creature bringing its own personality to each painting.
We have a good selection of Anne’s prints in the gallery ready for framing, and we also have a couple already framed and ready to hang directly on your wall.

And painter Clare Tebboth has delivered some distinctive heart-shaped prints of the originals shown here – and there’s just time to arrange for these to be framed in time for Valentine’s Day – if you’re quick!
And there’re more new pieces from Clare on our website too…

Have you ever thought of commissioning a piece of artwork for your home?
Well, these lovely people did, and we are pleased to report that both couples were delighted with their pieces.
We certainly get a buzz when teaching our skills to all our lovely students and sharing our years of knowledge.

But, the buzz you get when someone commissions a piece of work for their home and are more than happy with it, when you eventually get to show it to them – well that’s a feeling we just can’t put into words, it’s AMAZING (totally inadequate word for how we feel), and we ‘thank’ each and every one who has commissioned work from us, be it recently or sometime ago – thank you.

Quote from the clients:
Internal window – ‘Hello Jenny,  well!! Momentous day today – the window went in!!!! It’s going to be boarded over for protection as there is still plastering and painting to do but i got a quick pic of the sun coming through…. Isn’t it just stunning??’.
Pen y Fan – ‘First things first, what an amazing picture – you’ve done a fantastic job, thank you so much.
You’ve managed to capture everything so well – truly a very skilful artist!
I think we’ll definitely be keeping it here at home, to remind us of Wales when we’re not there.’


We recently entertained a lovely lady who travelled from Devon for a 3 Day intensive glass fusing workshop.
Her requirements for the course were, ‘I want to learn it all’!!
Well, for a 3-day course that’s a pretty big ask, but we certainly gave her a good grounding to take away so she can start her glass fusing journey.
We did a lot of talking about kilns and how to prepare them, along with moulds used, and we touched on full-fusing, kiln carving, draping and tack fusing with pieces being created in all of these techniques – what a whirl-wind of glass fusing it was, but we all had fun.

‘I can’t tell you guys how much I enjoyed last week.
You are really superb teachers – so engaging, encouraging, fun, honest and approachable.
I learnt so much last week – which fills me with excitement.  I have to tell you, I was exhausted having put my brain into learning gear after all these years!  I thought that I had a base knowledge, having done a couple of glass fusing classes – I giggle at myself now, having learnt so much with you two over three days, I realise, I didn’t have a clue!

I feel equipped to start my own journey of glass fusing now, with confidence, thanks to you two.
Your professionalism and depth of knowledge really is second to none.
I have ordered my kiln – with confidence and sorted out my cabin space.  I have also ordered everything else I think I will need.
Thank you again for your kindness and patience – you are such lovely people, with a real warmth to you both.’
Here are just two of the pieces made during the workshop.

Workshops – well what do you fancy trying?

The Fused Glass Sunflower workshop, the first set of dates we announced sold out within a few days of putting it on the website.
We have now added some new dates, so if you want to make a beautiful fused glass sunflower for your home don’t miss your chance this time.
Just two places on the May dates remain and 4 for the August dates.

Everyone loves a wave!
Last time we announced the dates for the Fused Glass Ocean Wave workshop we sold out fast.
So we have added 3 more dates for the year, don’t take too long to think about it, or you might just miss you chance!

  • Sunday 14th August – Fused Glass Ocean Wave – 3 places remaining
  • Friday 23rd September – Fused Glass Ocean Wave – 5 places remaining
  • Saturday 19th November – Fused Glass Ocean Wave – 5 places remaining

We know that not everyone can commit to a whole day for our workshops, or you might like try before booking a full day so for the Precious Metal Clay (PMC) workshop we have come up with a half day taster session.
You will get to use 5gms of clay to make a pair of drop-earrings to take away with you on the day.
There will be a little waiting time, between the drying and firing but that will give us a little time for tea and biscuits!
Classes will run from 10am to 12.30, price is £45 per person.

Dates for this are Tuesday 1st March and Thursday 21st April – and of course if there is a lot of interest we will add further dates for later in the year.
This one is yet to hit the website, so if you are interested please let us know by replying and we can pop you in the diary.

And don’t forget we aren’t all about glass and jewellery, we have two very talented artists teaching their skills with a paintbrush, palette knife, and all things 2D!

Emily Brady starts her ‘Painting for Beginners’ evening course on Tuesday 1st March, running each Tuesday evening 7-9pm for 6 weeks.
Emily will take you from an introduction to pencils and simple mark making through to a simple still life looking at shadows and light, then on to colour theory with paints and moving on to simple landscape and finishing with a portrait.
You really don’t need to have done any artwork previously, all you need is the want to learn.
There are now just 4 places available on this course, so don’t miss your chance, follow the link and get your place booked.

Clare Tebboth runs our ever so popular painting and drawing course on Thursdays during the day, but these are always fully booked. But if you should fancy learning with Clare the next workshop she will be running is her ‘Expressive Watercolour Flowers’, on Friday 25th March.
If you want to know more, hit the link and you will find a little video of Clare explaining what you will learn.
As with all the one day workshops at Vitreus Art everything you need for the day is included, as is your lunch and refreshments during the course of the day.

If you’d like to give a gift of a workshop for Valentine’s Day (or on any other occasion!) – we can provide vouchers for a sum of money, for a particular workhop on a specified date, or a workshop voucher for a date to be agreed in the future.
Hit this website page to arrange, or get in touch and we’ll sort everything out!

As you know Mike and I love all things Stained Glass and one of our favourite places is Ely Cathedral.
The cathedral itself is beautiful, but there is of course the added bonus of the Stained Glass Museum – if you like glass you may find it an interesting place to visit. But don’t go when it’s foggy!
Home – Ely Cathedral / Visiting the Stained Glass Museum Ely The Stained Glass Museum, Ely

Well, we do hope you have enjoyed your read this week, and you didn’t consume to many biscuits whilst reading our updates!!

Thanks for taking the time to read and we look forward to seeing you soon, either in the Gallery and/or studio or if you can’t get here in person, you can always drop us a line and show us what you have been creating lately.

PS: Don’t forget, if you have been on one of our workshops and/or been a customer in the gallery and you have enjoyed your experience please do leave a little review – just search for Vitreus Art on Google and leave a review there on the right hand side.

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