Conwy Castle Talk

 

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.)

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Website building….slow, slow and slower

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?

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Strawberrry Hill Visit

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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/

Games of Old

 So the latest thing I’ve been doing is a panel for the Games exhibition, run by the Swansea School of Glass and the British society of Master Glass Painters. Ive been designing this over the last month or so on the theme of childhood games in the guise of classical greek ceramics- or thereabouts. I want it to be a bit of fun and after initial surface recognition, to surprise anyone who takes the trouble to look further! 

This is my ‘official’ statement to accompany the panel……and there are a series of images of the panel and some details. My favourite is the conker fight!.Image

Title of Piece:-  Games of Old

This piece is based on the idea that play is essential to the human condition, whether it takes the form of classical sporting triumph in the arena or a great game of conkers in the playground. 

Games form a large part of our lives, especially in childhood and, whilst they often become organised and ever-so serious as we get older, the ones I really remember as being fabulous were the ones I played when I was young. 

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