October is a great month. Although chilly early morning and evening, the days are usually lovely and bright with a hazy autumnal sunshine. I have seen some spectacular sun rises as I do my early morning walks. The trees are turning beautiful colours and its lovely to be out walking in the crisp air kicking leaves. Its also a great excuse for me to start making lovely autumn casseroles to come home to tuck into after a days activities.
This has been a busy month for me mosaic wise, having started it off with an excellent and inspiring BAMM AGM and Conference. Following on from the workshop I did with Jane Visick, I have been experimenting a lot with glass-on-glass mosaics. This is the one I started at the course with Jane and finished at home. Although I know it is a very basic version of what Jane was trying to teach us, it has given me a good start and has enabled me to grasp the basics of cutting and shaping the glass. It seems to be a very, very messy process and no matter how neat you try to be, you get tiny shards of glass everywhere so I am forever tidying up after myself. The ‘rule’ of never going into my studio barefoot is even more relevant with glass bits hiding everywhere. I really enjoy making these glass pieces, I love the long ‘slashes’ of glass and the dramatic effect they create. I will now need to perfect cutting the smaller pieces and shapes to make up the pictures.
Whilst at the BAMM Conference I got some great news – the new Tower House Gallery in Northumberland has taken 6 pieces of my work to display.
I am absolutely delighted as it is a lovely gallery and the quality of work on display is very high indeed. I will be proud to have my work hanging alongside the other artists. I aim to make them a range of glass-on-glass pieces and I will also be making another new range of tile and glass mosaic on slate, similar to this triptych.
So its going to be a busy autumn for me with 2 new ranges waiting to be made. We also aim to do the last leg of the Capital Ring next week, which will just about be within a year of starting it!