Journal

The Glorious Gertrude Jekyll Rose

May 19, 2022

The first Gertrude Jekyll Rose of the year in Rosedale.

It was named in honour of the famous British writer and garden designer, Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932). Jekyll was one half of one of the most influential and historical partnerships of the Arts and Crafts movement. She was known for her creative planting, influenced by Turner and the Impressionists.

This Rose is soo scented, soo beautiful, it feels like summer is here.

The shrub thrives on the wall of my mother in-laws house, on’tother side of the wall is a large radiator, and we reckon this Rose perhaps, enjoys the benefit of its location.

I will be dressing our vases with this wondrous bloom for the next few weeks.

Spring

May 10, 2022

Marvelling at the beauty of the young starling and feeling very sad in equal measure.

Managed to move the young one to safety away from the domesticated predators fingers crossed mumma bird finds her.

Dandelions

April 20, 2022

As as the sun warms, the dandelions open. Rosedale is awash with the delicate, intricate blooms that feed the butterflies and bees.

My great grandpa was a gardener, and this was his favourite flower.

Natural Light – Grape Hyacinth

April 7, 2022

Natural light on glass. It’s something thats always surprises me… always moves me. Like that feeling you get when standing infront of a stained glass window with the light and colour pouring through.

It’s the magic, the essence of the material and something I never tire of.

It’s taken me a while to get the hang of shooting the glass in natural light away from the studio set up.

I’ve still a lot to learn about taking a quality the image, but for me it’s always about capturing the essence of the piece…. I’m quietly kinda pleased with this shot of the Grape Hyacinth bowl.

 

Grape Hyacinth – Seasonal Limited Edition Bowl

March 23, 2022

These small flowers give me the same buzz as a field of bluebells.

The warmth and dazzling rich, purple blue hues of these tiny blooms are a joy.

They will be the first flower for our seasonal limited edition bowls, planning to launch on March 31st.

Join our mailing list if you’d like more info, direct to your in box.

 

Love Daffodils

March 16, 2022

Been scrumping in my mother in laws garden …. the tortured hazel is just starting to bud… and the daffs are just appearing.

Love their bright colour, a little flash of spring sunshine at the centre of the studio gallery.

Swedish Overlay

March 3, 2022

It’s a wonderful technique for adding colour to the outside of our forms and involves fire and smoke, two very primal elements.

Love this process and I’m looking forward to seeing the final pieces.

Our Doors are Open March 1st – Dec 20th 2022

March 2, 2022

We have reopened our studio door to visitors with a good show of new unique pieces in a range of colours and a good stock of studio production bowls.

January and February is time spent working behind closed doors both blowing glass and engraving new works.

This year Kate spent time away studying with artist Rachel Phillips and the new ways of working and thinking about the glass are slowly filtering down into the work.

Look forward to seeing you.

 

 

Winter Opening Hours up to March 1st.

January 19, 2022

Just to update our winter opening hours.

We are officially closed to visitors until March 1st.

However, we are still blowing glass most days Monday – Thursdays and, by the nature of the process…. our doors are open.

If you are making a special trip, best call ahead. 01751 417550

Friday Saturday and Sunday we will be closed until March 1st.

From March 1st we will be open are usual, consistent hours.

See you then, and of course any online orders will immediately be fulfilled.

Thank you Rachel Phillips

January 19, 2022

Kate’s been away on a ‘busmans’ working under the tutorage of the wonderful Rachel Phillips

“It was a great experience, I was completely out of my comfort zone and learned a great deal from the master of mark making, engraving and painting on glass.

I’m looking forward to see how these new skills and ideas come though onto the surfaces of our glass.”

 

Thank you Rachel.