Copperfoil Taster session Photos

The first taster session in copper foiled stain glass was a success. Here are some photos of the class and their lovely pieces of work.

There are still some spaces left for this Saturday’s session (20th August). Here is the link to sign up.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/glass-courses-at-ocean-studios-copperfoil-stained-glass-tickets-26753972853

Glass Courses at Ocean Studios

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I will be running 3 taster sessions in cooper foil stained glass at Ocean Studios on consecutive Saturdays; the 6th, 13th and 20th August, from 10am – 4:30pm.
The copper foil technique was developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for assembling small pieces of stained glass and is ideal for making simple sun catchers as well as more complicated 3D pieces. By the end of the day you will have made a simple panel to take home with you. The session covers glass cutting, applying copper foil, soldering and staining/polishing.

NOTE: We will be using lead solder so this course is not suitable if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Link to Eventbrite page

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Easter Market and Open Studios

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On Easter Sunday I will be discussing some of the potential glass courses and workshops that I plan to run at Ocean Studios. I will be doing demonstrations and getting members of the public to have a go as well. I will be running these demos in the Print Workshop, so feel free to pop in and have a look and a chat. There is also an Easter Sunday Market in the courtyard of Ocean Studios from 10am to 5pm.

http://www.bornhecticevents.co.uk/event/easter-sunday-market-for-march-royal-william-yard-plymouth/

Ocean Studios Christmas Exhibition Sale

I will be showing my work at an exhibition featuring the talented artists at Ocean Studios – 20th November to 24th December. 12 – 5pm  tuesday to Saturday, 11-4pm Sundays.

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There is a private view on the 19th November 5:30 – 8pm. It’s invite only so if you printout the flyer below and bring it with you to gain admittance. If you cannot download and print this invite please contact me.

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Second Half Career Art Exhibition and Sale 2015

I have recently returned from that London after attending this exhibition. Despite the palaver of rush hour traffic and subsequent parking fines, I managed to get set up.

The private view was well attended and was opened by Maureen Lipman CBE, who was very complimentary about my work. During the private view I made my first ever sale!
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Unfortunately the main selling day was not well attended, so I had little opportunity to sell more work.
Here are the stands of the other exhibiting artists.
Emma Finch

Jane Proctor

Heather Graham

Claire Malet
Fenella Elms
Janice Zethareaus
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Ocean Studios & Plymouth Art Weekender

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I have finally moved into Ocean Studios last week. Unfortunately the workshops won’t be ready until the end of the month, so I’m getting things ready for the Plymouth Arts Weekender and the 2nd Half Career Art Exhibition.

I’m sharing my studio with a fellow glass artist Matt Tomas who will be a Tent London next week, so won’t be around for the Plymouth Arts Weekender.

Plymouth Art Weekender

This will be taking place in arts venues all over Plymouth from the 25th – 27th September and Ocean Studios will be having open studios during this weekend. 
I will be there all over the weekend and I will have the studio open with examples of Matt’s and my work on display. Ocean Studios will also be having a private view on Thursday 24th September from 5:30 – 7:30pm.

Also I have been involved with a networking group for creatives for Plymouth and the South West. The group is called Doo:zie SW and it’s first event is at Radient/Rumpus Cosy on the 24th September, from 6-9pm.

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FabLab

For the past few weeks I have been participating in a course at the FabLab at Plymouth College of Art. The FabLab has 3D printers, CNC milling and router machines and a laser cutter and this technology is at the cutting edge of art, craft and design. We also to become competent using Rhino 5 CAD software. This enables you to generate 3D work which can be printed on a 3D printer.
My project was to create a section of a larger piece and these sections will be cast in glass. The interior negative space has a grid pattern with lots of undercuts. So printing on a 3D printer is the ideal solution as the PLA plastic will burn out in a kiln.

Ideal for lost “wax” style casting. I will probably make a silicone mould of the printed model and then I can make many wax casts.

From these I can make refractory moulds for different coloured glass.

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Gosplan, 2015

Here are some photographs of one of my finished pieces. Apologies for the the poor photo quality as I used my phone to take them, so the colours are a bit muted.

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!…2…3 and I’m back in the room!

Well back in the workshops at Plymouth College of Art to be precise. As a result of my Hothouse activities, I have kindly been allowed back to use the facilities on an informal residency. So I am currently working on a new body of work that is influenced by Constructivist architecture.

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My main focus has been on the grids and tessellation of windows, and the piece that I am working on uses the main round window of the Gosplan Garage by Konstantin Melinkov.

I started to make my model from clay but I decided to use polystyrene instead. I used wooden coffee stirrers for the window frames. However I had problems with gaps so I had to cut out, accurately, cartridge paper to cover these gaps.

From this I made a silicone mould so that I could make wax casts. There was problems with the window frame details breaking off or the wax not getting into the channels, so I did a silicone cast form the silicone mould which worked perfectly. I used the rest of the polystyrene ball to make a mould. This half-sphere mould could be filled or partially filled to create sections in wax, as if sliced in half or thirds.

I eventually made open-cast plaster/flint moulds of all the sections.

When these came out of the kiln, I set about grinding them smooth so that I can assemble them as complete pieces.

I plan to fuse the sections together by making moulds and stacking the sections within these moulds and firing them in the kiln.