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02 December 2007
A somewhat depleted table of wares on Day 2 of my Open House Christmas sale. I forgot to take a picture of the complete display, but about 8 items are missing from this table, including a large ghost bowl. Quite a few marbles have gone and even one or two from my 'lucky dip bargain box' of £3 items. I'm doing quite well, and it all helps to pay for the next lot of materials and something towards my fares to Farnham. The aim is that my MA should be self-funding. But it's also been pleasingly social, with people dropping in for a glass of wine and a slice of apple tart, and a chat. Not a bad way of spending a weekend.
21 November 2007
It rained and rained all day I was setting up and the brave 40 or so who came to the private view had their hair plastered to their foreheads. But there was a blazing fire down below and an atmospheric rooftop with my pieces glowing in the Sheds. One guest said, 'It was magic up there on the roof in the dark with the glass moving and reflecting the light. Great. Despite the weather it was a splendid place for it.' And another said there was a, 'sense that this was somewhere where ideas could flow around the room like butterflies - multi-coloured, wonderful and a little difficult to catch up with - and laughter and an entrance hidden from the world - and a rooftop surrounded with three-dimensional art'. So I think a success. And one piece (the smallest) sold and another one possibly reserved.
More at Shed-and-a-Half Gallery
17 November 2007
The glass chandelier under the Chagal dome at the Opera and us reflected in the glass ceiling in the lowest storey.
A posh glass shop selling very upmarket cut flash glass. And a little batch of Biedermeyer chairs seen at a special exhibition at the Louvre (the reason I've included these is that they seemed worth stacking with my 'Why is a wine glass not a shoe?' train of thought in that the inventiveness of the backs made me think of shoe design rather than of wineglass design).
This 1st century AD Roman bowl made with little murrini surrounded by clear is the closest to my 'ghost bowl' technique that I've seen.
And through the glazed panels of the Gare du Nord, this amusing poster greeted us on our arrival off the first train to Paris out of St Pancras on 14 November.
11 November 2007
02 November 2007
A little exchange between myself and artist bookbinder Sarah Brown who made the piece pictured, entitled 84 Hours.
Me: Can I use your artist's statement for my MA essay because it adds a political dimension that the image, all on its own, does not convey.
SB: Certainly. Although I put a great deal of emphasis onto the craft skills, the most important part of my work is the idea. It is the statement, in my opinion, which moves it from being a craft piece to being a piece of art.
Me: But sometimes I feel it can become an alibi for the absences a viewer finds in a piece of work - hobbling the viewer's own uncluttered responses.
SB: Maybe it is more about the narrative of the piece. I find it interesting to read about the conception of a piece and its development, as opposed to what I am supposed to find in it.
I invite comments.
01 November 2007
24 October 2007
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22 October 2007
I can't really justify this picture of our own hand-gathered chanterelles mushrooms on glass grounds (though everything can count as inspiration) but it's what we'll be having for supper tonight. And jolly nice too.
19 October 2007
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25 September 2007
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22 September 2007
I must have been at the show for 4 to 5 hours. A huge number of ideas-triggers - very inspiring. Pictured are a chandelier coated with Japanese rice noodles (very glassy) by IDEA ; shoal of ceramic sardines chandelier by Scabetti; Orofors crystal LED chandelier by Zero - [note to myself: I've got all the information somewhere]. But lots more including Sharon Marston optical chandeliers and Bocci chandeliers. To follow up personally:
- Vitrafoil - peel on glass printing
- Magscapes - magnetic wallpaper (not terribly attractive but clever)
- various stainless steel mesh suppliers
- Vitrulan - fabric made of glass (amazing)
- Material Works - unusual stuff
- modulor - more unusual stuff
- materials - stuff for designers
21 September 2007
19 September 2007
16 September 2007
Took in a bunch of City churches, and an old Turkish Bath. Also no. 1 Poultry (built by Stirling) where we saw further views of the City (without stumping up £4.50 for a beer). Then on to Bart's Hospital West Wing to see the newly commissioned art, which included rather boring neon lighting round the stairwell window-frames. And this wood-incised wall in the cafeteria, which made me thing someone else thinks circles are pleasantly healing symbols for a hospital.