Saturday, March 1, 2014
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Monday, February 10, 2014
I'd just got over the thrill of seeing a feature on contemporary stained glass on Design Sponge a couple of weeks ago, and now here is Apartment Therapy trumpeting it as the new cool thing to have in your home. And not only that, one of the featured shops on Etsy last week was Bespoke Glass, interesting geometric glass items made using the copperfoil technique.
Move over, wobbly ceramics*, there's a new kid in town.
*Don't get me wrong, I'm still pretty crazy about wobbly ceramics.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I still like to make the occasional Etsy treasury. I find it strangely relaxing, and it's nice to dig out some items that have been lurking in my favourites for a while. This time I broke the rules and put some of my own stuff in, mainly because I was running out of pink, yellow and turquoise things.
Friday, January 24, 2014
All the items in my shop are now In Stock and ready to post within 1-3 days of receiving your order. I am unable to take custom orders at the moment, but if there's a design you'd really like to see in the shop, let me know and I'll make sure I add it in to the next update (at the end of February).
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014
MailChimp - Done ⎷ (see right, where it says Subscribe, to er, subscribe)
Studio Tidy - Done ⎷ (including throwing out some very old price lists)
Paint Chart Doodling - Done ⎷ (not sure that one was on the list, but good to get it ticked off anyway...)
Re-Opening Etsy & Folksy Shops - Done ⎷
New items to be listing in Etsy shop at the end of January. Folksy shop will now only be selling cards & postcards.
Thursday, January 9, 2014
I was all set to come back to this blog after the Christmas break full of excellent pictures and great resolutions and exciting new work projects.
Instead I got an ear infection which burst my eardrum and it's left me a bit lacking in vim and vigour.
When normal service has resumed, here are a few things I would like to do:
1) Set up MailChimp.
I have plans to streamline the way I do things, and one of the ways of doing that is to change the way I run my Etsy shop. Currently I make to order. This is a stupid way of doing things. It means I sometimes have to fire up my kiln for one little bird. Not very cost effective or environmentally friendly. So when I reopen my shop, I will make pieces in batches, and have a monthly shop update. That way I can also try out new designs more easily and it will leave me with more free time each month to work on larger projects. In order to let people know that I have new stock in the shop, I'll send out a newsletter - which means I need to get my head around MailChimp.
2) Apply for a CPD Award.
A Continuing Professional Development Award is given by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers each year to 2 established stained glass artists in order for them to learn new skills or further existing ones. I would love to attend one of Deborah Coombs glass painting classes in Vermont to learn a whole host of new techniques using an alternative paint mixing medium called propylene glycol. Deadline is 31st January, so I really need to get on to this asap.
3) Make Some New Work.
In May I am taking part in a joint exhibition with 2 other contemporary stained glass artists, Stuart Low and Christian Ryan. The show is called One Square Foot and we are each exhibiting 3 panels (of 12" x 12") at Chris's studio (I'll put up more details nearer the time). I definitely need to get started on at least thinking about the designs for those.
4) Studio/Office Redecoration/Reorganisation
On the resolution list for the 3rd year running, still not achieved. Maybe 2014 will be the year...
5) Use My Kiln To Make Some Clay Things
I've been meaning to do this for ages. I'm not just jumping on the ceramics bandwagon, honestly.
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Just a quickie to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
This is Caspar, one of the new designs that I did for the Fox and Worthington Winter show. He's a modern day Wise Man - he doesn't bring you a load of old tut that you didn't want, just one really special thing that you love.
See you in January, lots of exciting new things afoot in 2014!
Monday, December 16, 2013
I love it when I get random incoming. Y'know, the kind of email that plops into your inbox that looks interesting and shiny and full of possibility.
A few weeks ago, I was approached by a new app that is soon to launch. The founder, Sara Hill said that she'd had one of my stained glass designs on her pinboard for the look of the app since day one, and it occurred to her to try and track down who made it and ask if they would design the icons.
"Oh that sounds really exciting" I said in my head, but then the other half of my brain said "Ha, yeah, shame you know nothing about designing icons for apps".
Luckily for optimistic brain side, Sara wanted the icons to have a hand-drawn feel, not to be computer designed and basically "Just do your thing". So lots of black felt-tip pen and paper later, here they are (ok, I did the colouring and tweaking on the computer).
The app is called TreatNOW, and frankly it's genius and is going to be huge. The app will put you in touch with health and beauty practitioners wherever and whenever you need one. So say you're at a conference in London and you suddenly get terrible toothache, TreatNOW will not only tell you where the nearest dentist is, it'll tell you if they have an appointment.
The app is currently in development, with a mini-launch and trial in France and a full launch in London later next year.
It's been great working on the icons, and pessimistic brain side has had to eat major humble pie.
Monday, December 9, 2013
This fourth showcase focusses on contemporary stained glass artists, each with quite diverse approaches to the medium - from soft and painterly to bold and graphic. I particularly like Tom Pearman's screen printed glass pieces for Oxford NHS Trust.
|Above 3 images © Tom Pearman|
A long time ago, when I had just finished university and was deeply regretting a Media Studies degree over something more practical and hands-on, I decided to take some stained glass evening classes to see how I liked it. I really did like it. On days off from my boring admin job, I used to take the bus over to the Crafts Council and sit in the library there and read back issues of the CGS newsletter. So as you can imagine, it feels pretty good to be featured.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Just a quickie to say that I'm offering a 15% discount throughout my Etsy shop as part of the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sellathon. Just use the coupon code CYBER13 (valid from now until Wednesday 4th December). I've added quite a few IN STOCK items too, in case you need things more quickly than my workshop elves can make.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
A host of Angels for The Stained Glass Museum Shop. Last year I made them in a range of pastel colours, this year they're dressed in sparkly Jack Frost white.
Can I confess that I used to rather dislike this type of glass - but look how pretty it is on a wintery infant-school-nativity angel!
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I was very happy to see that Binny Talib has designed another beautiful Advent Calendar app. Me and the kids loved last years (it was still being played with well into October!) so we can't wait for next Sunday to open the first door. The illustrations are sweetly charming, and combined with jaunty barbershop quartet music and wonderfully inventive activities each day, I hope this will become a very modern Christmas tradition. You can download it here.
P.S. If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you will have seen me get a bit emosh and excitable about our cat Dodger, who had been missing for 6 weeks, being rescued from a narrow gap in between two buildings by an estate agent. Very skinny and weak (the cat, not the estate agent), but alive, and now back home with us. He is very happy to be back. So are we.