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Cheers !

December 24, 2011

Best wishes for the festive season,


Kate & Stephen

Last Orders Please !

December 17, 2011

In the final run up to Christmas we are unable to take orders to finish any more bowls, however, the last post date is the 21st Dec, and if we have a bowl already made and available we can send it out to you. Don’t hesitate to ask.

Camera Shy Blackbird

December 12, 2011

Almost got him on film. We were making glass and watching a beautiful blackbird feasting on the winter berries outside the studio. I like the snap even though his form is obscured by the busy layers of growth and bright fruits. Maybe its time for a faster camera.

British Council Winners Bowl 2007

The Lost Music of Rajasthan

December 7, 2011

Last nights ‘imagine‘ on BBC One was amazing. There are still 3 weeks left to watch it on iplayer if you missed it.

Good to see John & Faith Singh again. The Singhs were most generous hosts who looked after me & Jigisha Patel when we stayed on their Anoki Farm in Jaipur, as part of the British Council (BC) research project back in 2006. This whole amazing experience was pre blogging (hence a much longer than usual post today) and the effects on my work after being immersed in a culture that is full of complex, beautiful, colourful pattern was profound.

Part two of the project was Indian Designer Jigisha Patel travelling to Rosedale to collaborate with us on a piece for the BC. Jigisha is an amazing designer who has successfully sold her felt rugs into Habitat and her Bandhanhi Scarves into the V&A Museum Shop. The piece we made together, commissioned by the British Council for the winner of Indias Creative Future is still one of my favorites.

Priya Patil, fashion/accessory designer from Mumbai received the bowl and was announced Winner & India’s Creative Future 2007.

Last nights visual and musical feast  brought back many memories, not least John Singh’s mission to collect music and listen to Rajasthan Musicians.



Stourbridge Twenty Twelve Portland Vase

Had a sneek peek at the Portland Vase blanks made by the team of skilled makers at Ruskin Glass Centre, and the work in progres. The original Portland Vase dates back to AD 5 – 25 and according to the British Museum in London it is the most famous cameo-glass vessel from antiquity.

Have a look at the link below to see the many Stourbridge crafts people involved in he project.

“The ‘Stourbridge Twenty Twelve Portland Vase’, will see a replica of one of the most important pieces of glass in history; The Portland Vase.  It will be one of the most poignant displays of modern day skill and talent to come out of Stourbridge’s internationally renowned Glass Quarter in many years.  What makes the project even more significant as it will be in celebration of 400 years of glassmaking in Stourbridge”.

The original vase inspired a 19th century competition to duplicate its cameo-work in glass, with a £1000 prize to anyone who could achieve that feat. Taking three years, Stourbridge glass maker Philip Pargeter made a copy and John Northwood engraved it, to win the prize. This copy is in the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.”


Ruskin Glass Centre – Stourbridge

Spent the weekend at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge with glass cutter Richard Lamming. The centre has recently enjoyed a face lift and is a striking building inside & out. Their web site, linked above shows the full range of their facilities and latest news. The building houses artists workshops a hot shop and a cafe. The site is also home to the British Glass Biennale, and the next Biennale is August 2012.