not quite sure how i got so far into the year without a single blog post! but here we are in april already.
i've been thinking for a while that i'd like to get some vessel forms blown, so approached the exceptionally talented simon eccles at wolverhampton who, after an initial discussion in
costa coffee in ludlow, went away and produced a dozen small pieces of thick walled glasma shapes. after circling round them for a while, i got the gold leaf out. here is the first tentative
experiment, upside down looking sculptural. i'll be showing this at art in action in july along with its brothers and sisters when it's been engraved.
2015 is the year the international festival of glass returns and i'm involved in a few things happening in and around the glass town of stourbridge uk. the guild of glass engravers has it's national exhibition at the redhouse glass cone and i'll have two or three pieces on show there, as well as the launch of the touring exhibition of contemporary european engravers. i'm thrilled to be in this event initiated by the glass engraving network click the link for details, it's going all over the place.
another fun project to raise funds for the british glass foundation is the 'doodle project' and i'll be engraving glass inspired by raymond blanc's doodle (oh yes there will be carrots) most mornings through the festival at broadfield house glass museum. please come and say hello.
the ifg also plays host to the british glass biennale, and i'm very happy to have 2 pieces selected for the exhibition. selection is always a bit of a lottery and depends who is on the jury. i have experienced both the euphoria and the misery and have had a few years out in the cold, but i'm encouraged to be accepted this year with my more experimental contemporary work. i suppose more than anything, i'm delighted that there will be so much engraved glass from many talented artists at the festival, and that it is making its presence felt alongside the other glass disciplines.