Welcome back – it’s been a while!
We’ve lost count on how long it has been since we last saw you; but the time has now come for Vitreus Art to fling open our doors and welcome you back; and to look forward to enjoying all that is great and wonderful in the world of arts & crafts and creating.
You will be pleased to hear that while we’ve been closed we have not been idle.
The Gallery and Studio have had a good deep clean and a change-around, with new display tops and additional hanging space, along with a super new counter giving us more room for wrapping!
What’s new in the gallery?
During the time we have been closed we have also had time to make new contacts in the world of arts and crafts, bringing new artists to the gallery.
For a long time we have been trying to find a wire artist; we are now pleased to introduce you to the wonderful ‘wire drawings’ of Devonshire artist Becky Crawford.
I (Jenny) took a wire workshop a while ago, making a small wire sculpture (which I was very pleased with – after a great deal of help from the tutor!) and this little foray of mine gives me a real appreciation for Becky’s work – it really isn’t as easy as her work makes it look!! Click on the ppics to see more of Becky’s work.
Last time we mentioned local wood turner- Rosemary Wright – Rosemary adds delightful colour to many of her turned pieces adding another dimension to her work. Here are two more of her new pieces.
And you may remember we featured Cathy Timbrell’s work last time?
Cathy is a jeweller by profession; but she has recently turned her hand to making these stunning enamelled bowls.
The light bounces off the fired enamels beautifully.
Here are two more of her new bowls – rather striking jade and red and blue colours this time.
There is also new art from our regular artists Clare Tebboth – Painter and Art tutor, Lesley Passey – Painter and digital artist, and Hilary Audus – ceramicist.
So there is a plethora of new work to be seen, make sure when you do visit have time to enjoy it all.
Click on the pics to see more.
News about workshops!
If you’ve missed creating with other people you will be pleased to know that workshops can resume from 17th May.
We will be maintaining the same small class sizes – 5 students at the very most plus 1 tutor for short classes.
This allows us to adhere to the rule of 6.
However, In most cases there will bejust 4 students per class allowing that extra bit of space that we all need just now for lunch.
Benches, tools and all facilities are sanitised between uses.
We also have sanitising hands-wipes and sanitiser for the use of each student along with visors, so you won’t have to wear our mask all day, if you don’t won’t too!
And of course lunch is provided from The Bell Plantation Café (nom nom)!
You can find all our workshops listed here on our website:
If you want to know a little more you can now virtually meet the tutors and hear what is included in many of the classes – by viewing newly created video introductions to painting and drawing classes along with several of our own workshops.
The website pages for each of Clare Tebboth’s one-day workshops include a short video where Clare tells us what each class is about.
And both of Emily Brady’s Art For… evening courses in painting and drawing now have short videos too!
As well as featuring directly on the workshop pages they relate to, all our videos are gathered together on one additional website page too, here: https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/videos-vitreus-art.html
You might like to subscribe to our Youtube channel to keep up to date – we’ve got lots of videos to record yet – you wouldn’t want to miss out!
Bucks Arts Weeks – This is will be our 10th year of taking part….!
Bucks Arts Weeks will be taking place in June and it’s great to see this event taking place in person, as well as online this year.
There will be workshops taking place in the studio during these 2 weeks, along with demos in the gallery by accompanying artists Louise Thomas, Jo Cross and of course Vitreus Art!
We will be adding a list of demo dates and types of demonstrations to our events page once we have finalised who will be doing what.
But in the meantime please make a diary note of the dates:
Bucks Art Weeks – Saturday 12th to Sunday 27th June (inclusive).
South Northants Art Trail – Saturday 2nd – Sunday 10th October 2021
We will share more on this event in due course, but do save the dates for now.
Well – Monday 12th April is fast approaching and we are very excited to be able to get back to what we love most!
We are looking forward to seeing and/or hearing from you soon.
Take care and keep well; and don’t forget we will still be adhering to Social Distancing when we open, so please do ensure you wear your mask when visiting, thank you.
And if you forget them we have disposable ones on hand for you.
Thanks for reading.
Jenny & Mike
P.S: Expect to see new work from Glass Blower Alison Vincent next time.
Here work is amazing and we’re excited to see what she’s been making!
P.P.S – A little reminder on Gallery opening times:
Monday 12th April 10am to 5pm
After this our usual Opening times will be Tuesdays – Saturday 10am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays – 11am – 4.30pm
Aloha from Jenny and me!
It’s getting harder and harder to work out how to write these posts without sounding annoyingly cheery and upbeat or downbeat or gloomy, so let’s just jump straight in to what we picture as clear, blue, tropically-warm waters!
We’re writing to you a week early as we’ve got new news you may want to know about!
First up, here’s a fun new evening short course in glass fusing for you – Fused Glass Flowers.
Yes, you read that right – flowers, made from fused glass, by you!
You can ‘plant’ these outdoors, or create a mini indoor garden er, indoors!
Either way, these are fun to make, not too challenging, and look cool once finished.
This course runs over two evenings, and is definitely suitable for beginners as well as being stimulating for anyone who’s done a bit of fusing already.
We supply all the materials including the metal ‘stems’ which are about 30cm tall, with biccies and good humour all included, as always!
The first session starts in May, with places already being snapped up so if you fancy getting all horticultural, don’t delay!
Details and pics of the sorts of flowers you could be making are here:
Although the fun will be big, the class sizes will be small!
And, yes, here’s another new course!
Also just added to the VA website, the new 6-week Introduction to Glass Fusing Intensive Evening Course is designed for folks who want to learn as much as they can about glass fusing in stages, and want to try several different techniques.
If this is you, read up here:
We’ve designed this as an evening course so that you can make a number of projects with time for kiln firing in between.
This structured course will introduce you to three essential fusing methods over the first 3 weeks, and then encourage you to create your own project/s with the knowledge you’ve gained over the preceding 3 weeks.
These could be several smaller projects employing lots of different techniques and materials, or one or two larger or more complex projects – we’ll help you decide over the initial 3 weeks.
You’ll learn about fusing, slumping, kiln operation and firing schedules, frits, powders, metals and inclusions, compatibility and COE, moulds and more – all in 6 weeks. We’ll even include printed course notes to keep and refer to.
The aim of this fully tutored course is not just educational though – you’ll have fun, and you’ll get to make a number of projects you’ll be proud of.
As with the Fused Glass Flowers, places are limited – hit the link to find out more.
It’s probably time for a reminder about our ‘no-quibble guarantee’ covering all workshop bookings with us:
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.
And if you’re looking for some painting or printmaking fun, we’ve now got new dates for courses and workshops with our wonderful painting and printing tutors Emily Brady and Clare Tebboth.
Have you been inspired by Landscape Artist of the Year, or Portrait Artist of the Year on the box?
One of these courses is bound to help ease you in to the ‘joy of painting’ (thanks Bob Ross!)!
Starting with evening courses, Emily Brady’s Art For Beginners 6-week evening courses are perfectly judged.
Friendly with a well-planned structure that guides us all along, not too serious, but rather more productive than ‘sip and sketch’ sessions in the pub.
Great if you’re nervous about starting painting, or need a confidence boost.
For painters who’ve already begun painting and want to step up their skills, Emily’s Art for Improvers 6-week evening courses are also carefully structured. Covering composition, perspective, more advanced mark-making, painting from memory and more, this course will boost your technical skills, appreciation of the media, and, we’re sure, your enjoyment from your art too!
Both these courses are recommended if you’ve struggled for motivation during recent lockdowns.
Jenny has certainly enjoyed taking part, and is really enjoying her painting now – having had almost no intimate contact with real paintbrushes for at least 20 years before joining Emily’s beginners’ course!
If you like your painting or print-making in a one-day workshop form, there are plenty of lively classes with Clare Tebboth on the radar for later this year.
These are especially suitable for anyone who’s a bit stuck in a rut artistically!
- Expressive Watercolours – Flowers & Plants – 1 day class – learn to paint beautiful flowers and plants in watercolours with real style!
- Print Your Own Greetings Cards – half-day lino-cut workshop – discover the basics of lino-cutting and make a number of printed cards from your design!
- Textured Landscapes Mixed Media – 1 day class – get to grips with mixed media, add texture to your painting, and create fabulous landscapes or seascapes!
- Introduction to Oil Painting in a Day – discover many of the tricks artists like Clare use to create beautiful oil paintings using the speedy ‘alla-prima’ technique so you can take your pieces home at the end of the day.
And there’s also Clare’s famous Printing Without a Press full-day workshop too.
Get to grips with several print-making techniques in one day, including lino-cut, and produce an impressive body of work to take home. Jenny and I are always amazed by the results students produce on this workshop – quantity AND quality!
This, and all Clare’s fun workshops are online here:
All one-day classes will continue to be limited to 4 or 5 places, with benches spaced out, face visors provided, and sanitised surfaces, plus the full range of measures required by the official COVID-Secure business premises audit.
And now, it’s time to drop a few hints about that most heart-shaped of days coming up in the middle of February!
Will we be able to roam about by then, or meet others, or visit Alton Towers?
Who can tell, but you might want to show someone how you feel about them with an affordable token so here are some suggestions for you, all hand-made, and all available for collection, or with free or nearly-free local delivery or low-cost national post in time for the 14th Feb.
Here are some new fused glass mini ‘Love Tokens’ to hang in a window at just £11 plus postage (or local delivery):
And here are some charming new pieces of fine-silver jewellery made by Jennifer-Ann (Jenny’s new nom-de-plume), sold in presentation boxes:
Or you could give a flower that won’t droop or shrivel up – a glass flower like the ones made on our Fused Glass Flowers workshop! We haven’t made a rose design yet but we’re sure pansies, poppies and ‘tropical flowers’ will be much-appreciated too!
Or (final suggestion!) – in these uncertain times, our Voucher Scheme is perfect, so you can give the gift that shows you have great taste knowing that your recipient can choose their own gift when we can all get out more!
Our vouchers are redeemable against workshops and courses, or any purchase from our gallery, and have a loooooooong expiry date with the option to extend at no cost if needed.
Info and online purchase here:
Well, that’s lots of new news for now – thanks for reading and supporting us – we hope we can all carefully move towards getting out and being creative in person more over the next month or two.
Mike & Jenny
P.S If you like the look of the silver jewellery we showed you earlier and fancy making some for yourself (or a significant other!), these new video introductions might whet your appetite!
The four short videos give you an introduction to the PMC (Precious Metal Clay) Silver Jewellery workshops we run. The videos cover most of the stages in making silver jewellery, showing the kinds of projects you’ll work on, and the tools and processes you’ll be learning about.