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
Well – it’s high time we eased in to 2021!
Jenny and I have been taking the time to reflect on what we’ve achieved recently and a lot of that is thanks to you – so thanks for your ongoing support!
And thanks also if you nominated a pandemic-hero for a free glass art workshop in recognition of what they’ve done for others recently.
We had loads of really deserving nominations – some that almost made our eyes a little moist – although I still say that was just dust in the room in my case!
We asked our arty chums Clare and Jo to make the final impartial judgement and we’ve now contacted the winners with an invitation to choose their workshops.
We’ve also taken some time to develop new workshops.
There’ll be a great new glass fusing workshop (from me, Mike, this time) next newsletter – we’re just finalising the format and costings right now.
It’s rather different from the other fusing workshops you already know about so watch this space.
It’ll be fun, informative, and will definitely appeal to gardeners and lovers of 3d projects.
New soldering and glass cutting master-classes on website now…
Following some great suggestions from past students, two new ‘masterclass’ workshops have just gone live – for anyone who’s already working in glass and wants to develop their skills further.
We’ve run similar bespoke sessions on request so it seems like the time to offer these more formally.
First off is the new Copper Foil Soldering masterclass.
Want to get your bead soldering smoother, learn how to address common soldering challenges when working on your own, and learn more about taking care of your soldering iron? Want to discover how to achieve a smooth edge bead to strengthen your foil?
Want to experiment with patinas and learn how to make your end result smooth and professional-looking?
This masterclass in soldering is for you!
Or maybe you’d like to develop your glass cutting skills?
This session is great for both stained glasses and glass fusers.
You’ll work on exercises designed to take your glass scoring and breaking to the next level, under our close guidance. We’ll show you how to successfully break tricky shapes and help you understand how glass behaves when breaking so you can continue to learn on your own.
We’ll also cover the merits of the different cutting and breaking tools you may be tempted to purchase in our usual unbiased way, and help you understand how better workshop layout can help you cut your glass better!
You’ll find lots of info on the website pages for each session – follow the links below.
Workshop dates up to July now online…
As none of us can be quite sure yet when it will be safe to resume workshops, we’ve added new dates for our most popular classes up until July.
Fancy getting a bit crafty but not sure if it’s a good time to book?
Have a look at the workshops we’ve got from April onwards and sign up in confidence.
We like to think our no-quibble guarantee is the inspiration behind all the travel companies’ offers we’ve been bombarded with this month!
Put simply, 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.
There are new dates for all our regular workshops in glass, silver PMC jewellery, silk painting, painting and printing with Clare Tebboth, art courses with Emily Brady, and our stained glass evening courses with Vitreus Art too.
This page has links to all the courses and workshops with new dates this year.
Mini tutorials – what would you like to see?
Following on from the soldering and glass cutting master-classes we’ve just set up, we’d like to have a go at making some helpful videos for our lovely students while we’re in lockdown.
We’re popping over to the studio next week to record some little video tutorials.
What would you like to see?
For example, one of the videos we’ve been asked to make will show how to torch fire PMC silver. We know some new PMC jewellery makers find this tricky when starting out, and there’s always the risk of melting the clay and wasting it.
Maybe there’s an aspect of stained glass or glass fusing you’d like some guidance on?
Drop us a line and let us know. If it’s possible to do a little video to help you, we’ll give it a go!
New art online and available to buy:
Since we closed at Christmas we’ve been enjoying photographing lots of the new work we received from our lovely local artists, and adding it to our website.
There’s so much fantastic creativity around it would be a shame not to share it with you!
You’ll find the latest work from all the artists below now online and ready for you to view and purchase.
And of course, any purchases made online are automatically covered by distance selling regulations (although these are due to change soon thanks to Brexit). If you change your mind you can cancel your order within 14 days, and if you’re not happy with what we deliver or ship to you, you can return it to us, as long as you notify us within 14 days.
We know it’s sometimes difficult to imagine how a piece of art will look in your room.
In other times we’ve always offered to bring a piece to you to ‘road test’ at home.
As we can’t do that currently, we’ll happily create a mock-up of your room with a chosen artwork on the wall, scaled approximately (as best we can), using a photo of the room you take and send to us. It’s good fun – get in touch to try this service!
So here are the artists who’ve brought us new work recently or whose online galleries have been updated this month, and links to where you can see more – just click the pics. Enjoy!
Julie Edmunds – contemporary mosaics
Robin Souter– oil paintings
Marlene Snee– watercolour paintings
Richard Ballantyne – quirky bird and animal ceramic sculptures
Penny German– prints and oil paintings
Lou Thomas – oil, pastel and acrylic paintings
Kirsteen Holuj – ceramics
Juliet Brown (Julissimo Jewellery) – silver jewellery from cutlery and semi-precious stones
We’ve also updated the galleries online for these wonderful artists:
Clare Tebboth – oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings
Niki Thomas – oil, watercolour and acrylic paintings
Hilary Audus – bird and animal ceramic sculptures
Ken Flegg – fused glass sculptures & bowls
Diane Griffin – ceramic scroll vases
Roger Loxton – Fused Glass
Jane Warwick – pen, ink and mixed-media paintings and prints
Sam Burke – Fused Glass
We’ll be adding and updating more from our other artists in the coming weeks too.
And there’re also new fused glass pieces from Jenny to look at here too.
We’ll be cracking on and making more pieces, some large, some small soon – we’ve got some commissions to finish, further new workshops to develop, and some re-organising and re-hanging in the gallery all on the to-do list.
And now – one more question for you if we may?
We’re contemplating running a Beginners Glass Fusing evening course over the summer.
The idea would be to experience lots of different fusing techniques and materials, one project per week (or over two weeks possibly), building up to a body of work that explores a number of the key glass fusing techniques, and giving you a good introduction to what’s possible with fused glass.
Alternatively, where a student has already done some fusing already, they could work on a more complex or larger project over the course. There would be full tuition throughout, and hand-outs to keep.
We’d love to hear your ideas or suggestions. – just email if you’d like to send your feedback!
Contact details are here:
Well – it’s time to say – stay safe and well and we hope we can all get back to being creative in friendly groups soon.
Mike & Jenny
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
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 Ballantyne, Lesley Passey, Tina Ashton, Marlene Snee, Penny German, Graham Lester, Julissimo Jewellery, Clare Tebboth, Niki 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 email@example.com 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!