behold! the tree. it's just the job in a modern apartment, probably not for a17c cottage in rural england, but we spent christmas in the city this year with our toes in the arabian gulf.
in the hiatus between solstice, christmas and the new year, i'm thinking about the the past year. most good stuff began with a 'b'... british glass biennale, bild-werk, biarritz and bordeaux spring to mind as high points, but let's not forget the buns, beer, bristol and the beach. there were a few more work related highs which are well documented in previous blog posts so we'll leave it there. enough looking back, that's not the direction we're going in is it!
2016 is already starting to fill up with exciting stuff, but sadly none of it fits neatly into an alphabetical list.
in september when i was teaching at bild-werk i was invited to have a solo show at the eisch gallery in frauenau. it is a wonderful dedicated glass gallery with a black walled room perfect for showing engraving. i won't be filling the whole gallery (it is huge) but the little black room is all mine.
i was asked to think about a theme and then spent the 6 weeks before christmas in my studio making the first 3 pieces. now i'm back in studio no2 (a tiny desk that looks like children's furniture) and this is today's effort. not sure it will make the cut but it does fit the theme. the title of my show will be "mirror mirror" or "speiglien speiglien" from the fairy story. the glass has been water gilded on the back around the engraving and looks like an aged mirror (which may not be obvious in the pic)
i've got until august to come up with around 20 pieces or so that are the best work i can possibly manage. there are a few hurdles, such as sourcing good custom made metal frames for the large wall pieces, the logistical challenge of being in the right country at the right time, and getting all the work to germany in one piece. nothing that can't be sorted (usually by hurling cash at it)
i wish you all a happy, healthy and prosperous new year. let's do it!