Welcome to my World

Hi there,
Chacanery 2-piece

If you’ve not visited before, then a huge welcome to Fusing Ideas Glass.  And if you have been before then, welcome back, its nice to see you, I hope you’ll find something of new interest.

I was reading an interesting article the other day – and if you are an artist or crafter you might well relate – about being a technique junkie. That is, constantly learning new techniques around your given media. The article was very timely and re-inforced a conclusion I was already coming to.  You can be a Jack (or in my case Jill) of all trades, but you will be a master of none if you continue to take on new techniques without really exploring, practicing and experimenting with one or two you already know, use or like. Sky tapestry plate

 

The article also suggested – and I’ve heard this before – that true creativity is born out of limiting techniques &, or, resources! 

mono tapestry detail

 

I really love the ‘tapestry’ technique that I learned from the master Richard Parrish, in fact I love his work full stop! Tapestry is fairly challenging and requires some patience and I have lots of ideas, and a list of ‘what ifs’ to try, both with raw sheets and with finished pieces; colours & styles.
So, while I will continue to play with pattern and colour in glass generally, the thread that will run through my work in the near future will be ‘tapestry’ and trust some really worthy pieces are made along the way.
Can’t wait to see what happens when you deep slump a tapestry piece!

tapestry on edgeworking with powders

 

Other exciting news is the development of longer glass workshops:
From weekends to a full week, for very small groups – 3 maximum and perfect for just 2.
Cosy and convenient B&B can be offered in our delightful village, less than 500 metres walk away too, so you could make a creative break of it. Or stay an extra day or so and explore Shropshire; from the meres in the north, to the hills in the south and historical towns like Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Ironbridge, we’ve got it covered. 

fused glass sunflower

 

 

Workshop Gift Vouchers:
A thoughtful sharing Valentine’s Day gift for a Crafty Couple!
Absolutely fabulous thank you for your hard working Mum. Note; Mother’s Day is 11th March.
First come, first served can book Mother’s Day, Sunday March 11th, at no extra cost for 2 or 3 people (4 at a squeeze).

 

Take care
jill

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Happy New Year!

Hi there,

I know, I know it seems ages ago! But hey, I realised I hadn’t actually sent you all a message, so

On my wish list for all of us:

Good health
Happiness
Peace
Abundance
Contentment
Fulfilment
Prosperity

I reckon if we can tick most of those we should be okay, what do you think?

 

Here, at Fusing Ideas, we are up and running with glass workshops – 2 already and more in the pipeline.  I find that most people prefer to book a date direct with me – rather than the dates offered here – so if you fancy some time getting creative with glass, just drop me an email or give me a call!

flowers mothers day

 

  Absolutely perfect Mother’s Day gift and, of course, you can come too! Book a date or purchase a gift voucher.
First come, first served can book Mother’s Day, Sunday March 11th, at no extra cost for 2 or 3 people (4 at a squeeze).

Works for a creative Valentine celebration too!        

 

Lots of website updates (news/product/images/sections/workshops/etc) planned for this year, so that’s all for now!
Just wishing you the best

jill

 

 

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A Very Merry Christmas

Hi folks,

Rudolf and Santa 2016

and finally…….

last post of 2018 is for me, Adam (my web admin and techy guy) Kaz (head of security) and not forgetting Rudi & Santa, to wish you and your loved ones an absolutely fabulous Christmas and a peaceful and plentiful 2018.

                                                               See you in the New Year!jill

Woof woof!
From Kaz

 

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Christmas already?

Hi,

What a weekend in Shrewsbury at Shrewsbury Christmas. Eight inches of snow giving the Quarry Park a truly Alpine feel.
A huge thank you to all the wonderful visitors and for all the lovely comments about my glass and interest in my workshops; hope to see you soon in 2018.
Unfortunately I had to take Sunday as a ‘snow day’ as my road into town wasn’t passable and that’s assuming I’d have been able to get down the drive!  So, my sincere apologies if you missed me on the Sunday.


Next weekend, 16th & 17th December, I am opening up a small exhibition/shop in my shed!  Peope have often asked if they can come and have a look at my glass at the studio and I didn’t have any room for a display area.
I do now! My hobby/garden shed has been repurposed. Whitewashed inside, with new blinds and rug from Ikea (you’ve got to love Ikea), it is now a cosy & permanent display space for my glass.

I will be open 11am to 4pm both days and then in the evenings, 6 – 7.30pm, on alternate days; Tuesday 19th, Thursday 21st and Saturday 23rd. I’d love to see you if you are out this way – mulled wine or a hot drink to tempt you too!
Plus, it will always be at the ready to open as long as I am about, just give me a callFind me on Google maps.

 

For a very ‘on trend’ present why not give a Gift Voucher for a fusing workshop.  They are perfect for a crafty friend who likes to experience something new. You can buy to the full workshop value or simply purchase a voucher to the value you prefer and the recipient can choose to put it towards a workshop or a piece of unique studio glass. They are easy to buy and even easier to give or post.

 

A few pieces of my work including ‘Chicanery’ shown left, are at The Trumpet Corner Gallery and Tearooms until Christmas, and I will be there on Saturday 23rd December ‘Meet the Maker’ 10am – 4pm.

 

star

 

And if our paths don’t cross, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and perhaps more importantly a Peaceful and Plentiful 2018.

 

jill

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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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