Goldener Oktober!

Hi Everyone,

 

No I don’t speak German, its just this time of year always makes me think of these words. Beautiful colours, beautiful light (when its not a dull, drizly day) and a shift from the outdoorzy carefree days of summer to the coziness of real fires and hot drinks. I really need to make something in these colours

 

I had a brilliant 10 days at h.Art and spoke to many fabulous people about – well – glass of course. And I sold some new and some favourite pieces too.

So what’s up next?

Rather than giving workshops I’m attending one over the next week down at the fabulous Glass Hub near Trowbridge, with master glassman Karl Harron. I’ve been waiting 2 years to do this so I am really, really looking forward to it; and then combining new skills with ‘old’ to see what we can come up with

 

Then it will be focus on Christmas and my next ‘pop-up’ at Gorgeous Contemporary Craft and Food Fair,  Enginuity, Coalbrookdale. Gorgeous is a lovely event and a perfect place to get some really unusual, hand made locally (Shropshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire) Christmas gifts and ‘nice’ things for your Christmas at home.

As soon as I get back from my jollies I’ll be making this years limited edition Rudi ‘Xmas decs’ and some new friends too I hope – its all in my head at the moment!

And Captain Slow at updating this website I’m afraid. But we’re getting there.
Contact me for workshop dates if you would like to make your own unique Christmas Gifts or decorations. And don’t forget a workshop gift voucher makes a lovely present for someone creative too. 

See you soon

jill

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Herefordshire Art Week – h.Art

Hi all,

Great News!

As one of the artists at the delightful Trumpet Corner Tearoom, Gallery & Garden, I am ‘open’ with Herefordshire Art Week this year for the first time.  I’m especially looking forward to it as my recent joint exhibition at Trumpet was well received and sold well.

h.Art runs from Saturday 9th September to Sunday 17th September and features almost 300 artists at over 100 venues; some single artists and some, like Trumpet Corner, with multiple artists. We have 13 artists, 2D and 3D across a variety of media, demonstrations and ‘meet the maker’.

You may well find that piece of artwork to fall in love with! 

cream tea at Trumpet Corner
Cream Tea at Trumpet Cormer

And not only that – Trumpet Corner serves delicious home-cooked food, great coffee and speciality teas.

All in all, well worth a visit and a lovely afternoon (or morning) out.

 

It’s keeping me busy – here’s a snapshot of a new piece called Chicanery
and my ‘technicolour dream sheets’ for more new works.

Chicanery
Chicanery (diptych)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later this month I’ll be back at Malvern for the Malvern Autumn Show, with the Worcestershire Guild Contemporary Craft.
Then I guess its onwards and upwards to Christmas; Rudolph & friends are now in training!

Hope to see you

jill

P.S. 21st October Fusing Taster Workshop added.
Coming Soon: More 2017 Autumn Winter workshop dates.
PLUS a new 2 day fusing workshop with overnight stay
in our beautiful Rea Valley in the Shropshire Hills!

 

 

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Fusing Ideas sponsors ‘Amazing Art’ at Dyslexia Awards 2017

Hi everyone,

Hot, hot, hot news this month!

I could not be more thrilled and excited to announce my sponsorship of the Amazing Art Award at this years Dyslexia Awards. The Awards, now in their second year, celebrate the achievments of dyslexic people and dyslexia support throughout Shropshire. Follow and share on facebook.

And I’m doubly delighted as I know many creatives, from professional to hobby, who are dyslexic.They are amazing.
Because of this, I have stepped back from judging the Amazing Art catagory and will be judging a different catagory as last year.

Personally, I am in awe of the founder and driving force behind the awards, Eli Wilkinson – a truly passionate, energetic and inspirational lady.  Eli also founded and runs Dyslexia Information Day especially for anyone involved with dyslexia or dyslexia support in a personal, educational or working environment in Shropshire. Keep up to date with Dyslexia Information Day on facebook. I love this little acronym Eli did a few years ago……

 

So, more about the Amazing Art Award:
It’s open to anyone who is dyslexic, over the age of 18, living in or from Shrophsire, working in any medium and who creates art that amazes or inspires you.
And we want YOU to nominate that person and tell us why their work inspires, uplifts or moves you. Read more and nominate!
And thank you if you have already nominated an
Amazing Artist.

The glittering Dyslexia Awards ceremony takes place on 25th November and we’d love you to be there to help us celebrate dyslexia in Shropshire.

Of course, there are 13 other catagories and you can nominate anyone who meets the criteria in your eyes and nominations are open until September 29th 2017. So, please, get your nominations in.

Last year’s winner was Lindy Smith of Lindy’s Cakes Ltd – yes we said any medium! As you can see Lindy’s cakes are so much more about the artistic creativity than the baking!

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Shrewbury Open Studios, Showing Off and a Royal Agricultural Show

Hello and welcome,

I’ve just spent a lovley week in Montenegro, a real gem on the Adriatic Coast; check it out if you don’t already know it, well worth a visit.

June is a busy month this year and I’ll be ‘popping-up’ in Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Malvern before the month is out.

making a glass picture

No workshops planned for June now, however give me a call if you would like to book and we’ll most likely be able to arrange it.

Shrewsbury Open Studios is this weekend, 3rd & 4th and again the following weekend, 10th & 11th.  Leaflet/trail maps are now available all over the town, or you can download and print your own from here.

I’m ‘opening’ at The VAN Gallery, 18/19 Shoplatch, Shrewsbury (under the Market Hall) during SYOS and on Sunday 4th and Saturday 10th I’ll be there in person, so drop in for a chat and ‘meet the maker’.


Sunday the 11th June is the first of the biannual ‘Showing Off’ craft exhibition and sale for Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, in its now regular venue The Ludlow Brewing Company, SY82PQ.  Entry is free and there is some outstanding craftsmanship to be seen as well as great beer and light refreshments. Checkout our facebook page for news of the Guild members exhibiting.

And I’m back at Malvern for the Three Counties Show, 16th – 18th June.

So, I hope to see you and even if I don’t, enjoy ‘flaming’ June and the super long evenings before the nights start drawing in again.

See you soon.jill

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June is bustin out all over

Welcome,

This evening a lovely Lady collected the glass that she and a friend made during a Beginner’s Fusing Day Workshop.  The results were great and she told me again what great value my workshop is. Between them they produced a large light catcher/lamp/candle shiled, a large platter, 3 cute little dishes and 10 coasters/tiles – phew.  And they had a great time too!

 

In between running workshops, I’m out and about quite a bit in June!

Shrewsbury Open Studios kicks off; on weekends of 3rd & 4th and 10th & 11th.  Leaflet/trail maps are now available all over the town, or you can download and print your own from here.

I’m ‘opening’ at The VAN Gallery, 18/19 Shoplatch during SYOS and on Saturdays 3rd & 10th I’ll be there in person, with friends providing back up on 4th & 11th.

On Sunday 4th I’ll be at the annual E-Type & XK Owners Club Day.  It’s a members only event at which I’m lucky enough to be invited to show.

 

Sunday the 11th June is the first of the biannual ‘Showing Off’ craft events for Shropshire Guild of Contemporary Craft, in its now regular venue The Ludlow Brewing Company, SY82PQ.  Entry is free and there is some outstanding craftsmanship to be seen.

 

I’m back at Malvern for the Three Counties Show, 16th – 18th June.

 

But first, I’m taking a holiday! We’re off to Montenegro for just a week, to the pretty coastal town of Perast. Hoping to recharge and be inspired by beautiful unspoilt surroundings and medieval architecture.

See you soon.

jill

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April May 2017

Welcome,

Public holidays seem to come thick and fast at this time of year don’t they?

Calling all glass virgins!
If you and a friend fancy a morning (or afternoon or even a full day) playing with glass, just get in touch. My workshops are perfect for absolute beginners – and I supply all the equipment and materials you will need to make fused glass for yourself or for little gifts. As I write I am able to do either bank holiday weekend – so give me a call.

I also do workshops for further fusers, some dates are available here; or just contact me as above.


Meet the Maker!

On 26th April, you will find me at the Trumpet Corner Tearooms and Gallery near Ledbury. I am stewarding in the Garden Gallery and you will find some of my glass in the Tearoom Gallery. On 27th I’m doing similar at the VAN Street Gallery, Shoplatch, Shrewsbury.
Many artists and crafters take turns stewarding at a gallery that holds their work – its a great way for us to get out of our workshops. So do drop in for a browse and a chat – we love to talk!

Out & About!
My next big event is the RHS Malvern Spring Festival at Three Counties Showground. I will be with the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen in Wye Hall; more on that next month.

Until then, enjoy the Spring weather.
jill

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St George and Shakespeare

Hi there,

It’s a ‘behind the scenes’ month for me as I’ll be tucked away in my studio as much as I can, creating new, fabulously functional glass for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. I’ve lots of ideas – so ‘watch this space’ as they say – I will too as I never quite know what I will create or indeed whether it will work out as I envisage or not!

I think some floral design has to be on the cards don’t you? And I have some ‘variations on a theme’ already in planning phase.

With April 23rd being St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s birth (probably) and death, I’d like to work St George and Shakespeare into glass but so far haven’t come up with a plan I like.
The date is imprinted on my mind having grown up in Stratford – upon – Avon, where Will is much more than just a National treasure. We had a larger than life Literature teacher, who used to call him Bill Wobbleweapon; how can you forget that!

I have a ‘Further Fusing‘ workshop on 22nd, for those of you who already know the basics.  It’s a full day to further skills and work larger!  As always, though, if this or any other date does not fit with your plans, contact me and we’ll see if we can set up a new date; I’m your flexible fusing friend 😉

That’s all for now.jill

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Last few days of March

Hi there,

A very quick, last few days, mad March update!

My workshops are available to book, some dates are online, (8th April now gone). However, many people just get in touch and we arrange a date to suit. I can often do midweek too, so just contact me; call, facebook, message, text, whatever suits you best.

I have a trade show this weekend (2nd – 4th April) so I’m simultaneously scared and excited by the prospect. After that it all settles down to various public events over the next few months including my first venture to Malvern for the RHS Malvern Spring Festival, Royal Three Counties Show and Malvern Autumn Show.
Virtually everything is booked, though that’s not to say I wont add in some local shows at the last minute.

That’s all for now – be back soon.
jill

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Spring is most definitely in the air.

Hi there,

Today (15th March) was a gorgeous spring day, warm enough to sit outside as several visitors to The Trumpet Corner Gallery will attest.

Stunning display of Leucojums; blooming their hearts out in a sunny border; my recommendation.

 

 

I was there today, taking down my glass from the Atmospheric Aesthetics Exhibition in the Garden Gallery – and delighted I had less to pack away than I put in 6 weeks ago!  I’m looking forward to another exhibition with different artists, a little later in the year.  In the meantime there will always be a limited range of my glass available in the Tearoom Gallery.

 

For me, Spring is the best of seasons, everything is so fresh and the spring flower colours; clear yellows, soft blues and fresh greens, not to mention the palest of pinks and purest of whites, just sing out in the sharp clear light.

 

 

And I’m busy preparing to start the ‘show’ season, kicking off with a trade show in April – BCTF (Harrogate).  Then closer to home, I will be at Malvern for the RHS Spring Festival for the first time this year.  Looking forward to that; not least due to my other passion – plants.

See you soonest

jill

 

 

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New Further Fusing Workshops

Hi there,


I’m delighted to announce a new workshop aimed at those of you who are not complete beginners. Further Fusing!
Designed to allow you to develop, and discover new techniques, your workshop will be tailored to your requirements.  And I can do this because my class sizes are small – maximum 3 people in this one. 

I will be letting you loose on larger pieces of precious sheet glass so you must be able to cut with confidence.  As always everything you need is included. Find out more and dates available.

               coloured glass pictures being made

 

Dates for beginners Fusing Tasters and Full Day Workshops are also now available for Spring Summer 2017

 

 

 

 

This Saturday – 4th March – I am stewarding (that is, looking after the shop!) for the Atmospheric Aesthetics Exhibition at The Trumpet Corner Tearooms, the gallery is open 10am to 4pm, while the tearooms open 9.30am to 4.30pm.
Apart from a selection of glass, you can see stunning fine art photography by Caz Holbrook and gorgeous, unusual jewellery by Mizuki Takahashi.
Do pop in.  Trumpet serves home cooked food to die for.

And don’t forget its Mother’s Day soon!

jill

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