Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Forthcoming Events in October

Time is whizzing by & we are almost in October....I have a number of events coming up which I will of course keep you posted about. Here's a brief listing.....

  • Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen are showing in the Craftcases at No8 in Pershore.A selection of work from some of the members will be on display & for sale, including some of my jewellery. This is from 9th October until 18th November.

  • Three Little Pigs also in Pershore is going to be showing some of my metalwork panels & pictures plus a selection of garden sticks & greetings cards throughout October.

  • An exhibition at Hookshouse Pottery is planned for 23rd October to 1st November where I shall be showing a range of work alongside Penny Williams & other makers including Christoper White who hosts the event at his studio near Tetbury.

  • Several WGDC members are taking part in 'Showing off' in Ludlow 24th & 25th October together with members of the Shropshire Guild.

More details of these events will be posted nearer the time to each one....this is just to give you some ideas!

Friday, 25 September 2009

Malvern Show this weekend

I'm setting up at the Three Counties Showground this afternoon for the Malvern Autumn Show. As usual I'm exhibiting with the Worcestershire Guild of Craftsmen in the Wye Hall alongside Penny Williams. The weather forecast looks good so I'm hoping for lots of visitors! I'm going to show some of the Autumn Leaves metalwork pieces.

More information regarding the show can be found at www.threecounties.co.uk and on the WGDC website www.wgdc.org.uk
The Guild will have the new directory's available at the show which are a very useful guide to the Guild members. My Bransford studio will still be open today and Saturday as usual.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Metalwork Sections in production

With numerous exhibitions & events coming up fast I thought I'd better get cracking on making some metalwork panels. As these are the most labour intensive pieces I produce I thought I would make as many pieces as possible over the next few days & then start to assemble them together. As I am showing at the Malvern Autumn Show this weekend I only have today to work on production!

These are a few of the pieces I made yesterday....

Amazing Sky!

Rushed up to the top of the garden last night to try & capture the fantastic colours....Worcester Cathedral in the distance & lots of foliage in the way! I didn't have time to run to the top of the hill!

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Crafts not just for Christmas

I've just completed a commission for Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum. This November & December they are holding a crafts exhibition at the gallery. I was approached to design a piece to illustrate the theme with a play on the words 'pets not just for Christmas', making my cat & dog look rather sad....it's amazing what a difference the head angle, eyes & mouth can make! I hope I have answered the brief!?
The piece was saw pierced from copper & brass & soldered together - the whiskers were a little tricky! I then oxidised the piece & textured the little dog to make him look even more scruffy.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

More Animal designs...

3 latest additions to the animal alphabet range .....

Friday, 18 September 2009

Cheltenham Arts & Crafts Market

Let's hope the sun is still shining tomorrow as I'll be showing at the one day Arts & Crafts Market in Cheltenham.

As with previous events the stands will be situated along The Promenade.

Opening times are 9am until 5pm

My Bransford studio will still be open as usual on Saturday & again this Sunday as it is the last day of the h.Art event.

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Dancing birds

Made these rather bonkers dancing birdies this afternoon.......

Love Birds

Just put these latest pictures up in the studio.....
The deep box canvas is approx 20cm x 20cm with an applied textured surface...the little birds & cats are copper & brass... just a little experiment!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Stripey Cats!

I'd run out of the 'Lucky Black Cats' at the studio so while I was making some more I had the idea to make some striped cats. By applying the flux carefully on to the brass you can control the pattern to some extent. I think these first attempts are quite nice!


As the Animal Alphabet badges are proving to be popular I've also got some of the designs made into pocket mirrors....

I'm planning to package some of them alongside the badges which will make a cute gift hopefully.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Gran's buttons....

Finally finished my picture using my gran's old buttons which I mentioned on an early post....

Many hours we spent as a child playing with these buttons; sorting them into colours & types. It's nice to have a permanent display of them which I can enjoy everyday.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

h.Art starts this week!

This week we'll be putting up our exhibition at the Fold cafe 'Autumn Leaves' as part of the h.Art event this year. There will be jewellery, metalwork, glass, wood, textiles & batik work on display all with an Autumnal theme be it with colours or leafy images.

Also on Saturday I'll be showing at the Hereford Craft Market in High Town 9am - 5pm. The studio is still open as mum is there!

We are opening for the full h.Art dates:
Saturday 12th until Sunday 20th September
11am - 5pm

Our exhibition is likely to continue in the cafe into October so if you can't make it over the next few days there will still be an opportunity to view the work - as long as it hasn't all sold that is!!

If you haven't got your h.Art guide yet contact www.h-art.org.uk

There is also a local h.Art trail which has been put together by several of the artists in this area. Click on the links to view:


Tuesday, 8 September 2009

New Christmas card designs

These are my new Christmas designs for this year... I've done them in the same manner as the Alphabet Animals which is quite different from my metalwork cards. I've really enjoyed doing some drawing again for these. It's far too early to put them out on display yet (unlike in some of the high street stores already!) Christmas displays usually go out in my studio at the end of October!

Friday, 4 September 2009


The other day the sun was creating these amazing reflections through an orange glass vase.....

The fish are by Jeff Soan whose work I love. I only have some of the smaller fish pieces but covert a large piece such as the seal or anteater.....www.wobblywood.co.uk