Saturday, 3 September 2016

Small Panel Workshop Success

Yesterday I held another one day small panel workshop at my studio.  The two ladies were great friends & we had lots of laughter & creative fun! 
They both decided to take their inspiration from my own work incorporating leaf motifs.  So out came the reference books for design ideas before cutting the shapes (with a little saw piercing help from me!) from copper & brass.

Texture was applied with hammers & punches before soldering the pieces together.  We joined the panel sections together with jump rings & added a decorative scroll at the top to hang the pieces up.

 The final pieces were very successful & when dry a lacquer can be applied to further highlight the colour contrasts.

I do not have any more workshops booked for the next few weeks as I'm busy with shows (The Design Fair, Malvern Autumn Show & Autumn in St Ives Exhibition) but can take booking from mid October onwards...might be an idea for a Christmas present???  Contact me for more information.

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Metalwork Panel Workshop

I had a busy day yesterday with a group of 4 lovely people in my garden studio.  I usually only have 3 people at a time but as they were all friends they didn't mind it being 'cosy'!
We were doing the Small Panel Full Day workshop & a couple of the participants already had some great design ideas when they arrived. 
Working in copper & brass they all had a go at lots of techniques including, embossing, saw piercing, hammering & texturing, heating & soldering (due to the time restrictions I usually complete most of the soldering for people but I do like them to have a go too!).

A fun day was had by all & some really great work was produced.  It's really interesting to see how different people approach the project, some like to carefully plan everything out on paper before hand while others (more like me!) like to be hands on & get straight on with working with the materials. 

These are the finished pieces....


I am running another panel workshop this Friday & then taking bookings for the rest of the year.  Please contact me if you would like to have a go too!

Monday, 22 August 2016

Sea Journal Exhibition this week....

Yesterday we popped into the Crypt Gallery in St Ives to see the wonderful 'Sea Journal' exhibition by Lisa Woollett.  This is only on until this Friday 26th August so you've got to be quick!

We were already familiar with Lisa's work as I had bought Tim the 'Sea & Shore Cornwall' book a while ago....this fabulous exhibition features images from the latest publication 'Sea Journal' - stunning photography & lots of interesting information...We are really looking forward to reading it & expanding our knowledge of the creatures that live on our shores

Lisa is stewarding the show herself so is on hand to talk about her work - it really is a joy to see her collections of shoreline finds...the little cabinets & framed pieces are right up our street! 


After seeing the show we actually felt really inspired to showcase some of our own beach finds (of which there are many...) & as luck would have it we located a lovely little Indian cabinet in a local shop.  This was put up today & now includes some special finds...the plan is to change the pieces once a month & theme them depending on the time of year (this is the theory anyway...we'll see!?)

Our very own 'Cabinet of Collections'

The Crypt Gallery is just off the harbour behind the Sloop & underneath the Mariners Gallery. 
Open 11am - 5pm this week

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Summer Shows in Cornwall....

Yesterday was a very busy day setting up 2 separate displays at 2 venues in the area. 

The first of which I have shown at the past couple of years the Art & Crafts Exhibition in aid of Cancer Research UK at Cape Cornwall School. 
This huge event is in its 50th year!! It's is extremely well organised by a team of volunteers who staff it daily between 3rd & 19th August 10am - 9pm so plenty of time to visit (even after work/or beach if you are on holiday).

It's the first time I have had my shhhh...Christmas decorations at this event but I know that visitors to the area have mentioned they like to do some Christmas shopping at the show. I had my first trade order for Christmas decorations a week or so ago...production of robins & reindeers starts again!

After a quick lunch at the Dog & Rabbit in St Just we headed off to Mawnan Smith via some very narrow & wiggly lanes (thanks sat nav!) to put up the display for the 40th Cornish Craft Market in the Memorial Hall.  I have not exhibited at this event before but know several makers who have & say it's a busy little show. More information can be found by calling 01326 250334. 

Both of these shows are stewarded so I will be not be there myself.  I do plan to visit them of course to see the shows when they are fully set up & maybe make a few purchases as usual!...