Mini bowls, developed during the first Lockdown, we first made six different floral designs for the Artists Support pledge scheme, to be suitable they had to be under £200 and postable..
With our studio closed to the public during this second lockdown, less time for our personal work and a socially distanced Christmas in prospect, we have returned to the mini bowl as a way to make some accessible and giftable pieces.
Woodland Creatures are a collection of nine new mini bowls that we have decided to release as limited editions, this means that we will only ever make ten of each design.
Each piece will follow the layout and pattern of the original design however they will still be unique pieces as there has to be a new drawing made to fit each hand cut and carved individual bowl.
I have always enjoyed the drawing element of our glass work but with this woodland collection there is a real shift in my focus. I approached each piece as a composition, a picture rather than a pattern.
I have been gradually developing a visual language and this year especially has really changed my approach to my work and I feel a confidence in beginning to explore the subjects that I love, animals, nature and the decorative arts.
One of each woodland design will be available from our website at 10am on Friday 27th November as part of the @digitalcraftfestival. We will also be opening the order book for each editioned design.
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Developed during lockdown.. Leaf bottles are the new addition to our studio ranges.
Once we were through the first few weeks of the Lockdown we were so grateful to be able to return to our studio safely as a family bubble, even though it was intermittently and for just three hours at a time. We had our young sons at home with us and we all did our best to make the most of what we could still do.
Being creative was one of the ways that we coped with that difficult time and the Leaf bottle design comes from that very unique Spring, when exploring and making new ideas was an expression of hope.
The stoppers are sculpted from clear glass and the bases blown and flattened, we love the simplicity of the forms and the interaction between them.
Our first ‘Forest’ of these pieces were exhibited at the Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham when the first Lockdown was lifted and it was such a joy to see them in a real life exhibition where they could be seen and enjoyed.
We have given them a place within our Studio ranges and they will remind us that inspiration can come from anywhere, including adversity.
Summer Dish is a recently completed private commission. It is always exciting for us to work with people on bespoke pieces, the commission process is an enjoyable one that takes our work in interesting directions that we would not have gone by ourselves.
Collaborating with our customers provides a constant source of inspiration to us and it is so rewarding to create objects that have personal meaning intrinsically woven into them.
In this case the client wanted a mixed floral piece to include Dahlia and Fuschia flowers.
Despite the distance and the coronavirus restrictions we were easily able to communicate about colours, shapes and ideas with drawings and photographs by email. The outcome is a unique and bespoke piece made to suit our customer perfectly.
Landscape is one of our longest running studio ranges. We can’t remember exactly when the very first piece was made but we think it was 20 years ago when we moved from the Broadfield House glass museum and into our current studio.
Our only range that doesn’t use solid colour but chips and grains of coloured glass, they are a nod to our glassblowing heritage and the colourful and playful ‘after hours’ pieces that the old glass factory makers used to produce at the end of the glassblowing day.
We have made and sold many variations of our landscape vases and bowls over the years, including a colour way inspired by and developed for sale at Highgrove gardens. More recently one of our new landscape bottles was commissioned and presented to Sir David Attenborough.
Our submission to the online Isolation Portraits exhibition at Devon guild of crafts is a portrait of our middle son and is inspired by our daily exercise during lockdown. The unexpected benefit of the pandemic situation was the opportunity to explore our local surroundings, giving our family the chance to spend time outdoors together in nature.
The portrait is called ‘A feather found’ and features the wild flowers and field roses that were all around us in early summer.. on one walk in particular we found a lot of bird feathers.. The feather that is held in my sons hand is symbolic of the value of basic everyday things and how they came to mean so much more to us during lockdown. As our worlds got smaller the things that we discovered on our walks became more precious and significant.
Louises work has always been inspired by nature and before the lockdown featured flowers and plants, sometimes birds and animals. Spending 100 days in lockdown with our family had the effect that we wanted to reflect our experience in our work. We saw the call out for the Devon Guild portrait exhibition and it gave us the incentive to produce this piece.
The piece is a 20cm shallow dish. As flat as we can make it in order for it to stand and be stable. The dish is hand blown by Colin and the portrait is sandcarved into the surface by hand. The making process was a labour of love, its form and subject being so different to our usual work. This final piece took several attempts to achieve by working out various compositions and technical challenges. It has been and continues to be a difficult time for everyone and as artists we have found our way through by making what we can of what we have.