I am currently a Christmas elf, getting on with my preparations for my Open Studio on 24/25 of November. I will be offering cards and small gifts alongside my stained glass work. Please see the Charlbury Christmas Artweeks map here.
I spent last week creating two Christmas cards to print in linocut. The first is a complex folded creation with the Three Ships sailing in - note to self: a three page card with 6 pieces of printing is rather labour intensive, but I am pleased with the outcome. The second card is a portrait of our dear cat, Georgie, sitting on the dining room windowsill. She, of course, declined to pose as requested. Luckily, I am very familiar with her habitual pose. I do like black and red and the qualities of printing by hand. I don't have a press; I am quite happy using the back of a wooden spoon.
Now I am making a couple of small mirrors in leaded glass; one in seascape colours, the other in heathery landscape colours and textures. Meanwhile, my hanging glass stars are safely salted away in chocolate boxes, along with other pretty decorations.
Soon I will have to source some locally made mulled wine syrup...which I hope to offer you when you visit.
I am just back from Sardinia, looking at my sketch books. I loved the strange cork oaks you see all over Sardinia, stripped of their bark. The bark takes 12 years to grow back before it can be harvested again. I also used my camera to capture the way the cork oaks are swept by the prevailing winds in the rugged uplands in the centre of the island, below.
Sardinia is full of wonderful archaeological remains - hundreds of bronze age stone structures called 'Nuraghe', and I enjoyed seeing the artefacts found at these sites. For my own work, I am always on the look out for pattern, and for expressive detail, which I like to analyse a bit further on my return.
I even found a dragon's head amongst the exhibits in the Museo Archaeologico in Cagliari - I am currently on the look out for dragons as research for my next commission, a dragon panel for a cottage door. The challenge is to find some friendly (but not cutesy) dragons. This one, part of a Roman lamp, is impressive, but not definitely not friendly.
I am a glass artist based in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. I work in stained and fused glass. I work to commission and teach stained glass in my studio. I open my studio to visitors during Oxfordshire Artweeks.
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