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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

#hothouse5

I am pleased to finally announce that I have been accepted onto the craft Council's Hothouse programme.


Press Release

Crafts Council announces the 39 new makers selected for Hothouse 2015 The Crafts Council has selected 39 makers to take part in the six-month Hothouse programme which is delivered in partnership across four regions in the UK.
Hothouse has quickly established itself as a gold-standard professional development programme for new makers. Over the last four years 122 participants have completed the programme with 100% of last year’s cohort of 38 saying that the programme had enabled them to think differently about the direction of their career.
This is the first year that Craft Scotland has sponsored a cohort of six makers all based in Scotland. Other new regional partners include Manchester Craft & Design Centre and Manchester School of Art.
The 39 makers selected already display a high level of technical craftsmanship and originality but the programme, which starts in February 2015, will equip them with the business and creative skills needed to run a successful and sustainable craft practice.

“Hothouse has proven itself an invaluable programme for early career makers and it is only possible by working with knowledgeable and enthusiastic partners. This year is no different and we are looking forward to working with Craft Scotland on the first Scottish cohort.” Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council
“We have seen the positive impact on the careers of the few makers in Scotland who have been fortunate enough to have taken part in Hothouse programme in previous years. Therefore we are delighted to host a Scottish cohort for the first time and look forward to learning alongside the makers in their journey of discovery and development.” Fiona Logue, Director, Craft Scotland 

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Present Makers 2014

 My work is appearing at Present Makers 2014 at the Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton, Devon, until the 20th December.

@ThelmaHulbert

DL Photography



Monday, 20 October 2014

(Get your kicks on) Route 66!



I have been working on a commission for my cousin Karen, who took her family across the United States along the famous Route 66. Karen wanted a version of the route sign in leaded glass. I downloaded a photo and manipulated it so that I had a high contrast print that could then be used to create the "cartoon". The cartoon is an accurate drawing of the panel, which indicates the glass and lead sections.














I also had to tighten up the lettering as the characters had started to fill and I wanted to sharpen up the typography. So I was now able to paste this onto the finished cartoon.



I decided that I wanted the lettering on the shield to be "reversed-out" of colour, so that the lettering would be clear glass. I thought that powdered and granulated glass (frit) would emphasis the weatherbeaten aesthetic that are a feature of these rusting signs. I used Spectrum 96 compatible fusers glass for the clear glass base and the "grit".



 I cut out the lettering from a copy of the cartoon and stuck them in position with double-sided tape. I could then apply fuser's glue and sprinkle the powder and granules onto the sheet of clear Spectrum 96. On the lower panel of the shield I used powdered frit and then poured more fuser's glue and let it run to give the impression of spray paint graffiti.






















Once the glue had dried then the lettering was pealed away from the clear glass bass and fired in a kiln. Unfortunately the firing proved to be problematic as bubbles were formed on the lower panel, causing the lettering to distort. I then decided to follow the distorted shape of the lettering, again to emphasis the shabby aesthetic. 
Despite spending quite a bit of money on my Dremel tool, the attachments were not suitable for glass so I ended up using the tips of diamond files to hand etch the lettering.


I was able to complete the panel despite the issue with the glass bubbling in the kiln and the subsequent distortion of the lettering.



Thursday, 18 September 2014

Getting my house in order

Since leaving Uni I have been organising my studio/workshop that I have set up in the small bedroom. I already had my dad's homemade light box, which is useful for flat glass and creating presentation material.



I needed somewhere to set up a 'cold working" area. Grinding, polishing and engraving with glass requires the necessary tools and that vital element, water. I set up a bench using a couple of "A" frames and a board, and then set about figuring out a water supply. I didn't want to plumb in a water supply but I found a camping water container with a tap and I fixed a hook into the wall and hung the water container from it. However the weight of the water pulled the container out of shape. I needed to find something to hold the container securely. I found a small wooden fishing stool, which had been used as a bedside table in the guest room, and that was attached to the hook and the container sat comfortably on the opened seat.


The next thing was to attach a hose so that the water could be directed towards the working area. I got  clear plastic hose and ear defenders and pushed the hose through one of the ear plugs. This was plugged into the tap of the container perfectly without any leaks. I am able to control the amount of water for any cold working that I need to do.




The bench has a grinder, a Dremel multi-tool, a light source, a large magnifying glass and various grits and polishes for hand lapping.



Unfortunately I am now unable to close the studio door, but at last I can now experiment with the Dremel.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Close but no Cigler!

Unfortunately I did not get the apprenticeship with Colin Reid, however he liked my work and thought my proposal would be interesting to make. Despite missing out, I feel honoured to have been shortlisted.

I developed my idea of the lemon floodlights and each "lamp" would comprise of two sections, an inner and outer skin. The inner inner section would absorb and reflect the light and the outer skin would be more opaque, with the fruit's texture either cast or printed on the surface.


Exploded view of a lemon lamp




Various inner sections




Outer "skin" section



I was looking at floodlights for inspiration for another body of work. floodlights are connected with light, albeit artificial light. As my practice investigates the relationship with glass and light, I sketched a few ideas using floodlights for the "Fresh Air 2015 Apprenticeship". During this I noticed that the lamps that I was sketching were beginning to look like lemons. I remember seeing a lemon being used as a battery to illuminate a light bulb, so the relationship between lamps and lemons will be slightly subverted with the lemon as the lamp and natural light as the source.  


Thursday, 14 August 2014

Colin Reid!

On a a brighter note, I have an interview for "The Fresh Air Glass Apprenticeship Scheme 2015" where the prize is an apprenticeship with Colin Reid no less. I've been invited for an interview and to do a presentation. 

http://www.freshairsculpture.com/

My proposal piece which will be made during the apprenticeship with Colin.




I remember many years ago watching a lemon being used as a battery to illuminate a light bulb. So I am making a floodlight gantry from glass and steel, with glass lemons as the lights.
 If I get selected the finished piece will be exhibited at Fresh Air 2015.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Societies and Galleries

 I was approached at New Designers and after an interview where we discussed my work, and the subsequent application and assessment report, I have just been notified that I have been accepted as a Licentiate of the Society of Designer Craftsmen.







Also I will be exhibiting my latest body of work at the Artizan Gallery in Torquay during the Devon Open Studios event from 6th to the 21st of September.