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Autumn exhibition at the Castle Gallery Inverness

The Castle gallery in Inverness was one of the first galleries in Scotland to support my work, holding exhibitions of my glass. Denise and her team still do a great job showing local talent and artists further afield. I was therefore delighted to take part in this show about making waves, featuring the paintings of Vernon Jones and my own glass sculptures. I made 9 pieces in total for this show and feel rather pleased with the results, if my sore back rather disagrees.

What struck me the most as the show was set up, was how the colours Vernon and I used matched so well at times. Perhaps not a surprise if blues and greens but both of us use quite a broad palate of colours, which in a few examples were uncannily similar. Vernon insisted he had been channeling them to me!…perhaps so, you can decide for yourself as seen below.


Catch it if you can or check it out on their site.

Spring 2018

2017 was a year mainly of commissions from as far afield as Hawaii, South Africa and Australia. In contrast 2018  begins much nearer to home with work in several UK exhibitions, some very local.

Strathearn gallery has a new piece for their opening show this year, as does The Biscuit Factory in Newcastle. The Green Gallery likewise for their 25th anniversary….congrats! The Borders Art Fair along the road in Kelso in March, Pyramid in York in May and the same month Peter Laytons gallery hosts ‘Blowing hot and cold’ @ London Glassblowing.

Potential for some exhibitions further afield later in the year. Watch this space!.

2016 A short look ahead

New bowl

This year begins as the previous ended, with my working on commissions.

However along with showing work these first few months of 2016 in Scotland, in an exciting opportunity through Gallery Ten a really great glass gallery in Chicago, Echt Gallery will be showing my work in the USA really for the first time, there and in Palm Beach Florida. (wish I was there too!).

Having spent almost a year blowing my glass blanks for cutting at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, successful though it has been I have come to realise even their facilities will not allow me to extend the scale of my work to where I would like it to go.


Collect 2015

I will be taking part in Collect at the Saatchi Gallery, London in May. To find out more about the show click here.

Paul Musgrove of Gallery Ten has gotten together a great group of artists to show their work at the show, specialising in glass but other mediums too. You can visit the list to see who on the Gallery’s site here.

2014 What’s ahead

North Devon Vessel

After a year of working mainly on commissions, staying in the studio, trying out some new ideas and keeping well away from demonstrations and exhibition openings, 2014 begins with it few changes.

Spring brings a few exhibitions at home and abroad. Firstly to Belgium, the glass museum Glazenhuis are holding an exhibition on UK contemporary art glass from the 6th April – 14th September featuring established and some up and coming UK glass artists and they have kindly asked me to take part.


Museum of New Art Parnu

Estonian glass artist Kati Kretsna has just sent to me the catalogue from the exhibition celebrating 75 years of Estonian glass art.

Here is the cover. Scottish/Estonian alliance!

The pictures of the exhibition look amazing.

Kati sent two but here is a link to an item on the Nation news (in Estonian) that shows more.




British Glass Biennale 2012 ‘People’s Prize’ award

Not a Wave an Oceanvessel!

Perhaps the most important contemporary glass exhibition in the UK has just finished.

Held every two years the Glass Biennale  is a chance for the public to see what the glass artists of Britain are up to. Sadly I couldn’t make the opening but I am delighted to find I have been given joint first place for the ‘Peoples Prize’


2012 Exhibitions

New bowl II

Spring brings the start for me of the exhibition season this year. Two European glass festivals I will be showing at and some exciting UK shows too.

May sees the begining with an invite to a show at a  glass exhibition in Estonia at the Museum of New Art in Parnu. This is organised by artist Kati Kerstna to celebrate 75 years of Estonian glass Art. I’d love to go but only the work goes this time.

Also overseas I’ll be showing at ‘Glassfest 2012’ in the Czech Republic between June 30th and August 31st at the Minea Gallery in Karlovy Vary.


Luxembourg International Glass Festival

I have just returned and would have to say it was quite an experience with some stunning glass on show.

Photographs and comments to follow soon.

Art in Action 2011 2nd prize

Art in Action demo

Demonstration under the watchful eye of Anthony Wassel

Another enjoyable event at Waterperry House this year.  After coming first last year in the ‘Best of the best’ exhibition, I was great to be given the 2nd prize this year. Even better it was a fellow glass demonstrator Liam who won first place. With two first places and a second prize in the last two events, the glass demonstrators have done well recently considering in the over 20 year old history of the event glass had never won it before. A huge feather in he cap for Steven Prendigast and his team who organise the glass show.

Less successful were my own demonstrations. This year partly through problems with the kiln and my own stupidity most of the pieces cracked.


IVth International Glass Festival

I have received  information about participating artists and event dates for this event.

Click here to view. More to follow.

2011 What’s going on – exhibitions, demonstrations and an International glass festival.


Carter Wave below

The first quarter  of 2011 has been taken up with commission work, mainly from last years Glass Biennale. Exhibitions begin in March.  I’ll be taking part in two in Scotland at the Strathearn gallery in Crieff and the Green gallery near Stirling. The Broadfield House Glass Museum is showing a Wave as part of a sea theme exhibition, on until the autumn.

In May I was due to exhibit in Germany at the lovely Galerie Rosenhauer. Unfortunately it has had to be cancelled for the time being. Hopefully we can reschedule for a later date. In the same month another sea themed exhibition will be showing my work, Imagine Gallery in Long Melford which opens on the 22nd of May. I met the owner at last years Art in Action.


GNCCF Manchester 2010 update- another award


‘Best Selected Maker’ award

Rather embarrassing  all this.

Rather like waiting for buses are receiving awards. You wait and wait, nothing comes and then they all come at once.

Still thanks to James Photography for awarding me with the ‘Best Selected Maker’ award which includes shooting 360 degree photographs of my work which allows the viewer to scroll around the piece.

I have already seen a 360 degree photograph using a perfume bottle of mine which looked great. Hopefully when pictures of a Wave are done I will put them up here.

The show proved good more to come.

Essence at London Glassblowing

Archean Wave

Archean sea waveform

As a follow on from the Biennale exhibition, some of the exhibitors were asked to show their work at Peter Layton’s London Glassblowing Gallery in London. Here is the piece I sent.

The show opens 24th Sept, see more details here

British Glass Biennale 2010

Ocean Bowl

Aurora Ocean Bowl

I have been accepted to exhibit at this years event. An Ocean bowl was chosen to represent my work.

Part of the International Festival of Glass the show runs from 27th of August to 11th of September.

[Update] Here is the piece I exhibited. Unfortunately I could not make the opening but a fellow exhibitor kindly sent some pictures to me.

This piece sold at the opening and I have been asked to do several commissions from it, which would be fantastic if only my furnace was working at the moment and everything I touched didn’t crack!. GAH!

Art in Action 2010 1st prize


'Best of the Best' award - courtesy of Art in Action

What an amazing event ‘Art in Action’ is. Glass blowing in a stately homes garden is the way ahead!

25000 visitors and I think I spoke to them all.

What an honour it is winning this award. I’ll update more when my head clears.  Here is a wee link for now- AnA

Being shy I asked my stupid identical  twin brother to pose for photographers <cough>

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair 2009 ‘Best in Show’

I  greatly enjoyed exhibiting at last years event and was delighted to be awarded ‘Best in Show’ by the event jury. Particularly in light of the quality of some of the exhibitors there, receiving this prize was a real honour and surprise!.

The show was very well run by the enthusiastic and friendly organisers and I would thoroughly recommend  a visit to anyone interested in quality, contemporary applied art.


Art in Action

I will be demonstrating making my work and exhibiting this summer at the wonderful event that is ‘Art in Action’.

Will look like the above but surrounded with grass! (more…)

The Biscuit Factory

Antarctic Bowl

New summer exhibition in Newcastle upon Tyne at The Biscuit Factory.

The Antarctic Ocean Bowl – sadly is no more, broken after an attempted repair by the artist.

Still, the stretching technique worked well.


The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester 2009

Wave Form IV

Wave Form IV

I will be exhibiting at the Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair at a brand new venue in the centre of Manchester.

Spinningfields, Manchester’s high profile business quarter, located just off Deansgate in the heart of the city.

The Craft Fair is a unique shopping experience and opportunity to see and buy my latest works in a setting of over 140 talented designers and makers in the UK.

Head over to The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair Manchester to get yourself a ticket.

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