It's been a hectic few weeks back in the UK. The Guild of Glass Engravers International exhibition at the Morley gallery, the conference and AGM have been and gone, and now my thoughts turn to to the next show.
A skein of honking Canada geese have just flown overhead and we are in the thick of autumn here in Herefordshire. Shall I mention winter? or Christmas? well it's out in the open now so let's press on. The CAA gallery invited its artists to take inspiration from the poem 'twas the night before Christmas' by Clement Clarke Moore (1779 - 1863) and I was inspired by a line from the last verse
"He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard him exclaim,'ere he drove out of sight,
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!'
Here is my piece :
This is a beautiful optical crystal cube (8cm) made in the Czech Republic which is engraved and silvered underneath. I attached another layer of glass to the base so there could be another level of white gold leaf to add interesting depth. A local carpenter made some hardwood plinths with a small recess in the top to hold felt for the glass to sit on.
This is the second piece on its way to London. It's larger, a hefty 10cm cube (Czech) with a plinth. Engraved on 2 sides, the underside has then been gilded and engraved again. I like the fact that the richly detailed figure on the base is not visible all the time, you have to look inside to see it. Hence the title.
This technique protects the fragile gilding from curious fingers and scratches as it sits on the soft felt.
Last but not least, a monumental 29cm tall optical crystal panel on painted hardwood feet. My figurative obsession continues, and these blokes are attempting some sort of mind meld! There is engraved gilding on the right hand man's forehead which is reflected on the left with a very thin line of gold leaf which is so hard to show in the pic. There is uncompromising attitude in the powerful composition so it amuses me that all the engraving was done with a tool the size of a dental drill.
Back to the barnio for me (studio in barn...sorry) thinking and planning the next piece.