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.
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!.
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’
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.
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!