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*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!

All our classes and courses and those run by Emily, Clare and Jo Cross are here:

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:

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!

Nominate a hero to receive a free glass workshop with Vitreus Art

Well, as 2021 approaches, we’d like to say thanks once again for your support.
We’d also like to say we hope 2021 offers some glimmer of easier times for all of us.

As this is our last email of the year, there are just a few pieces of news, starting with our opening and closing times.

We re-open for visitors on January 7th, subject to any new restrictions from the government. We’re open from 10am to 5pm weekdays and Saturdays, from 11 to 4.30pm on Sundays and closed on Mondays in January.

Nominate a hero to receive a free glass workshop with Vitreus Art

A reminder from last time – we’d like you to nominate just one person you know who you think has gone ‘above and beyond’ during the time of the pandemic who would appreciate a free craft workshop next year.
Please email us at hello@vitreus-art.co.uk telling us what they have done.

The competition will run until close of business Christmas Eve (16.30Hrs); nominations received after this time will not be included (sorry).
Mike and I will make a short list and then the final 2 winners will be chosen by 2 independent judges
The winners will be offered their choice of any of the beginners glass workshops run here at Vitreus Art for free, with the workshop being taken between February and April 2021.

We will announce the winners in the mid-January newsletter.
So once you have finished reading this one newsletter please get your thinking caps on!

Gift Vouchers – last date for emailing

We’re getting a great response to the new design for our vouchers.
Why not give the gift that shows you have great taste?

Vouchers can be printed here in the gallery right up until we close on Christmas eve at about 4.30pm, or can be emailed as a PDF you can print at home any time.

Vouchers can be purchased for a value, for a specific workshop, or for a special project by arrangement with us.
Workshop vouchers can be purchased directly from the website page for the workshop you’re looking at; or vouchers for values from £25 to £100 can be found here:

Next, we’d like to celebrate some of the new art just arrived.

You’ll find updated online galleries for Richard BallantyneLesley PasseyTina AshtonMarlene SneePenny GermanGraham LesterJulissimo JewelleryClare TebbothNiki Thomas, and Jane’s Inky Arts on the VA website, and a whole host of new work on show at the gallery.

We’re steadily adding more new work to the website too.

And thanks to Lesley and Richard for being the latest artists to being brand new work in. As you can see, Richard’s quirky style is still in evidence with his Angry Battery Hens and Raku Pig series , and Lesley’s new, contemporary depictions of cities, skies and woodlands are just as captivating as ever.

And now, before wrapping up for this last newsletter of the year, here’s a special offer for you if you’re thinking of joining us for a workshop in 2021.
Please note – we haven’t said anything about ‘new year, new me’!

The offer is this:
If you book any of our beginners workshops in stained glass or fused glass, or Precious Metal Clay or Silk Painting, you can bring a friend for half-price!

This offer applies to workshops due to be held between 1st April and 30th June, and the offer closes on 15th January at 6pm.
The way it will work is:

  • Decide which workshop and which day you’d like to attend
  • Check with your potential second attendee
  • Book your own place and then email us at hello@vitreus-art.co.uk to request an invoice for the half-price second place.
  • We’ll confirm your second booking when payment is received.
  • Please note – if it’s necessary to issue a refund or a credit note, this will be for the class fees paid.
  • Our usual cancellation terms apply – these can be found via the link on every workshop web page.
  • As all our full-day classes are limited to 4 attendees, please make sure there are enough places showing as available on our website before booking if you’d like to book for a friend.


Finally, many thanks to the many folks who attended our charity glass upcycling workshops this year. We’re just about to send off your donations to Myaware, and there’ll be some more money to send to Macmillan too, thanks to your generosity.

This year we made mini ‘Christmas wreaths’ from offcuts of glass.
Photos chosen purely on the basis of which could be cropped to fit the format of the newsletter – there are more over on our Facebook page!
If you have an idea of a mini-workshop you’d like to try next year that we could run for charity, we’d like to know your ideas!

Well – it’s time to say stay safe, and we hope you can enjoy some down time or family time when Christmas finally arrives!
Thank-you for your support this year – Jenny and I really do appreciate it.

Best wishes for 2021,
Mike & Jenny

P.S. Please do keep sending photos of your lockdown / Christmas / arty projects – we love seeing what you’ve been up to, and so do our Facebook followers!

The photo here shows an amazing glass advent calendar Alison made here over a few project days, using glass in layers, with wire work to add details, mounted on a base made by her hubby.

The whole concept was designed to be posted to Alison’s daughter in Dubai, with the base made in two halves, and with bespoke fabric pouches for each of the ‘days’ to allow the secret to be revealed one day at a time. Brilliant!