Category Archives: Come and see me

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.

 

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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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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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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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