A project to restore and display an amazing collection of medieaval glass at Coventry
Saturday 7th July saw the opening of the ‘Games’ Exhibition at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea. An exhibition inspired by both glass and, in the Olympic Year, the theme of Games. This was hosted jointly by the Swansea School of Glass and the British Society of Master Glass Painters.
I was very happy to have my panel selected alongside many other exciting panels – a great variety of styles and techniques are on show. It’s on until Septmeber 23rd and well worth a look! Click on the catalogue image to go to the facebook event page for more details, or follow this link to an article on BBC Wales with images of several of the other panels. For more images and information on my panel, ‘Games of Old’, please click on the image below.
Two weeks ago I ‘helped’ on a painting weekend run by my friend Linda Norris . Lovely weekend and very inspiring to just be doing with no thought of site, situation or client as is the norm with commissioned glass work – a bit of a luxury.
A few new enjoyable and effective techniques demonstrated by Linda and tried by the group- using sand, plaster and wax in the creation of texture. The biggest revelation of the weekend for me was to add the the ingredient of WAITING. To stop and consider, to think about not just what I want to do next, but what the work is telling me it needs.
A lot of playing and not worrying. GREAT! Some of the pieces of play below.
Linda Norris and I are giving a talk about the Conwy Castle windows next Tuesday, 29th May, at the Swansea School of Glass. There is a small charge of £1.50 which will be donated to this year’s graduating students show fund.
The 45 minute talk will be starting at 2pm in the Round Room in the Alexandra Road Campus of Swansea Metropolitan University. No need to book, just turn up.
(The BA Glass Degree Show will be opening at the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea on Saturday 2nd June.)
So, I’ve spent the last few hours uploading images in my ongoing efforts to get my
website populated with some details of projects I’ve done. It’s getting easier as I get a bit
more used to the ‘controls’- (is this the digital equivelant of learning to ride a bike?)
So now, in an appropriately childish show-offy kind of way, I shall attempt to end this post
with an image that links to a page I have just set up……ooeer, is that a speed wobble?
Rachel Phillips Glass’ photostream on Flickr.
Yesterday I went to a symposium at Strawberry Hill- a house in south east London that is the gothic confection beloved of Horace Walpole- notorious 18th century collector of art, antiquities and all things curious. I’m blogging about it today as I left there at about 5pm and got back to Pembrokeshire at 1am and am only just recovering! A great range of speakers and other participants made for an extremely interesting and enjoyable day. The house has been extensively restored over the past few years and has a fantastic range of renaissance stained glass throughout- lots of birds and the odd cricket and butterfly!
The study day was hosted by the World Monuments Fund Britain who supported the project and I was excited to hear about one of their other projects, which involves the conservation and display of thousands of glass fragments in storage at Coventry Cathedral. It will be fascinating to see the project unfold. Stained glass rocks!
Link to World Monument Fund/ Coventry Project: http://www.wmf.org.uk/
Strawberry Hill info: http://www.strawberryhillhouse.org.uk/
Just been compositing an overall image of our, (Linda Norris and myself, ) windows in Conwy Castle…..the wonders of photoshop! It doesn’t make the windows look any different, it just means I can see them all in one go!
Next stop is to upload information and images onto the main website showing the project as a whole.