It's quite beautiful here at the moment. I'm taking the time between Christmas and new year to stop and think and to clear the decks in the barnio so I can start 2015 with an uncluttered head and room to breathe.
I have some interesting challenges coming up and I'm feeling the pressure. Firstly, a special commission for a lovely client that I really want to get right. In May I'll be demonstrating at Broadfield House Glass Museum during the International Festival of Glass (IFG) and in July I'm in the glass demo tent at Art in Action. Working alone for most of the time it's a great chance for me to meet and talk to people who might be interested in seeing what I do, and to connect with other artists. Do come and say hello, and if you are a Facebook friend, please make yourself known! Don't miss the glassblowing 'theatre' either, better than TV any day. Details to follow.
2015 sees the start of the touring exhibition of engraved glass or 'Gravurwanderausstellung' Isn't that the most fabulous word! This will start at the IFG in Stourbridge and move to Belgium, the Netherlands, Estonia, Finland, the Czech republic then finally to Germany for the next engraved glass symposium in Frauenau in 2016. I am excited to be part of this important initiative, and delighted that engravers are getting the chance to show what contemporary European artists are doing with this ancient technique. A huge debt of gratitude is owed to the organisers. More details nearer the time.
So, lots in the pipeline and lots to do before I zoom off again, better get a wiggle on!
Happy new year to you all.