Journal

Maintenance Time

August 13, 2021

Our furnace is now ramping down in temperature for annual summer maintenance.

We bring her down in temperature slowly and when the time comes back up again very slowly to ensure all the ceramics in there do not suffer a thermal shock. Thermal chock and a cracked crucible is a glassmakers nightmare and we do all we can to avoid the situation.

We plan to fire her back up again early September and begin blowing glass over the winter months… shorts all year round in here.

In the mean time, the studio is open and welcoming visitors and we will be round and about working with the glass in other ways. When you visit you may also meet Peter in the gallery who is helping us out.

Open as usual Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm

Sunday afternoons 2-4pm

 

The Apple Blossom Bowl

June 30, 2021

The extended cold snap and late spring held back the growth of our apple trees this year. But two weeks ago, the ‘Howgate Wonder’  burst into colour, and work began to capture the essence of the pale pink blossom.

In time, we look forward to harvesting a healthy crop of apples from the orchard opposite the glassworks.

Like many flowers the apple blossom has a rich history, high in antioxidants, producing a sweet tea that offers a clear complexion, better digestion, and stress relief. And in some cultures, the blossoms signify wisdom, joy, fertility and youthfulness.

Every year, the blossoms arrival is a sign of hope and of wonderful things to come.

Made in two sizes, this bowl is a transparent pale pink glass with a pink lip wrap.

Made to order, hand blown, hand engraved glass, signed dated and numbered.

Apple Blossom at Last

June 5, 2021

It’s been a slow year in the garden and I am very pleased to say, at last our Howgate Wonder apple tree is finally in blossom. The delicate and short lived pink blooms are stunning.

I’ve started work on our next limited edition bowl.

Huzzah!

 

Large French Grey Vases

May 24, 2021

Sorry folks, we are currently sold out of the large French grey vases, Stephen will be making some in the next week or two.

Drop us a line if you’d like to know when they are made and ready to send out.

 

Signs of Life – Apple Blossom

May 20, 2021

Signs of life, our Howgate Wonder apple tree is taking her time with her blossom in the current chilly climate.

Our next limited edition bowl will be a study of apple blossom.

Join our mailing list to and be the first to see the new design before we launch the bowl.

Fox Glove – Evening Light

May 19, 2021

Late evening light fell onto the last of the Fox Glove limited edition bowls bringing out the very best of their colour.

Countryfile – catch up

May 6, 2021

Just in case you missed the recent wonderful episode on Countryfile (yes I am biased) where John Craven included us in his 50th anniversary programme you can catch up here on the BBC iplayer

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000vt5h/countryfile-john-cravens-best-of-britain

 

Swedish Overlay

May 5, 2021

Swedish overlay is a technique created in Orrefors in the early 1900’s.

It’s a challenging technique which creates a fine layer of colour on the outside on the piece. We fuse two coloured bubbles together (colour on the inside of the bubble, cased in clear glass) and then turn one of them inside out.

There’s one way to get it right and thousands of ways to get it very wrong. Happily, Stephen has is down and is making some beautiful forms and overlaying some beautiful colours which we plan to present later this summer.

 

Website Trouble

May 4, 2021

Apologies if you have experienced any frustration today with our website.

Sadly there was a fault at the server…. which took an unacceptable time to resolve.

We are pleased to say we are back up and running and once again able to take orders online.

Many thanks to all the folks who called to let us know of the problem We really appreciate it.

Here’s to a trouble free future for the website.

Stephen & Kate

We are Open to Visitors

May 3, 2021

Our little studio lies out of sight of the main village green, we are behind the Church yard, hidden away on a side street.

from the North turn right at the first Rosedale sign you see, by the Church gates

from the South and Pickering straight on at the cross roads and turn left at the end of the Church wall

From the West, at the bottom of Chimney bank turn left at the junction and keep bearing left all the way around the bend, you can’t miss us

From Egton in the East when you arrive at the crossroads, turn right and then at the end of the Church wall take the left by the Rosedale sign.