From Where I'm Standing

Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

We are always inspired by nature, most recently our focus has been to create work that reflects the diverse, and in most cases declining, habitats in our countryside. It no longer feels enough to simply admire and represent the beauty of nature, it has become our role to also highlight the need to protect it.

Our aim is to draw the viewers attention to the places between the concrete and the cultivated, the habitats that are essential for the survival of our native wildlife and to our own.

The fluidity of the glass represents well the movement of the plants and intuitively we have amplified this connection by creating intentionally undulating forms. The resulting vessels are specimens, containing the essence of a small part of a larger infrastructure seen at a particular moment, noticed, acknowledged and preserved.

Sketches and photographs from our visits provide the content for the intricate surfaces of the vessels, applied using hand cut stencil and sand carving. The title of each piece is the National Grid reference of the location and the date that it was observed.

These pieces are at the Pool House Gallery as part of the contemporary craft exhibition, From where I'm Standing, curated by Jo Swait June 16th – July 17th


Slimbridge visit 2019

Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

Waters Edge. Are a group of vessels made in response to the 325 acres of Wetlands that are expertly and successfully managed and conserved at Slimbridge Wetland Centre on the Severn Estuary. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust has nine centres around the country where they undertake research and conservation.

In February this year we visited the Wetland centre and, under supervision, were given access to the wild areas and permission to collect plant samples from the waters edge and surrounding areas.

 


Greystones Nature Reserve

Visit May 2019
Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

These stone forms were created following our visit to Greystones Nature reserve, a place whose history stretches back 6,000 years. Here the Gloucestershire Wildlife trust carefully manage and preserve the land to ensure that wildlife thrives.

In particular their Hay meadows, an endangered habitat, support a stunning range of animal, plants and insects. We gained special permission to collect plant specimens around the Hay meadows and to photograph the meadows themselves.

As with many conservation environments there is a sense of nurture, of caretaking, in response we created these stone forms, shapes of the ground and passage of time, wrapped and bound by the encircling plants.


Rococo Gardens

Published on Sunday, 2 June, 2019

This week we delivered a small collection of Floral pieces to the Painswick Rococo gardens. They will be on display and for sale in their shop during the summer sculpture exhibitition, Art Unbound.

The exhibition of contemporary art has been designed to embrace the natural beauty and creative energy of the rococo period and runs until the 8th September.

 


Kew

Published on Tuesday, 14 May, 2019

This month we have recently completed a group of new sand carved bowls and vases inspired by the plant collections at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

The designs including Orchid and Iris, were delivered this week and are on display and for sale in their shop.

 


Meadow

Published on Thursday, 13 June, 2019

‘..Just 100 years ago there would have been a Meadow in every Cotswold parish. Providing grazing and hay, employment, food and medicine. The meadow was part of a community’s culture and social history. Today just 3% of them remain. A loss of 7.5 million acres of wild flower grassland.. a single healthy meadow can support over 80 species of wild flowers..’

First exhibited at Rodmarton Manor September 2018, where the bowl was awarded The Richard Paice Award for Contemporary Craft. The bowl went on to be exhibited at The Lapada show, Berkeley square, where it was awarded 'Best Object in Show 2018' This piece is now in a private collection.


Bluff Cove bowls

Published on Thursday, 23 November, 2017

Research and design, February 2017 for a bespoke mini bowl for retail by a client in the Falkland Islands.

These pieces feature three swirled colours and two king penguins, diving amongst giant sea kelp.


Bespoke Pendant Shades

Published on Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Bespoke pendant lamp trio.. To be installed above a handmade bar in a restored and renovated Cotswold Stone Barn. 

Sampling process,  in miniature for shade design colours and options.. the overlay leaf pattern, inspired by client logo, is chosen for final design.

Colin blows full size shades, using swedish overlay technique to acheive colour on the outside of the shades.

Making Shades.. in shades.

Blown shades are cooled overnight and drilled in the tops.

Each leaf element is drawn, cut and applied by hand to the shades surface, then each piece sandblasted, again by hand, to remove the excess colour and reveal the resulting pattern.

The shades are installed in a row of gradated colour, from Amber, through Sargasso to Eel.. finished with brass fittings and flex. A wonderful result, the colours and patterns of these unique pieces very successfully compliment the style and finish of the bespoke interior.