Cam Ogaci

July 22, 2017

Just spent a very lovely two weeks in Turkey working with Janusz Pozniac and 6 students at a glass school just north of Istanbul.

We can recommend Cam Ogaci if you are looking for a short course or indeed, a wonderful busmans.

Lunchtime Talk – Scarborough Museums Trust

February 15, 2015

“Glassmaker Kate Jones has been lined up as the first guest speaker at Scarborough Art Gallery’s 2015 series of lunchtime talks.

Her talk on Thursday 19 February will explore both the history of glassmaking in Rosedale, above Pickering, and the work of its contemporary makers Gillies Jones.

Partners Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones maintain an artisanal approach to their craft – making internationally acclaimed works that are featured in museum collections across the globe, including the V&A. This year, they celebrate 20 successful years as glassmakers.

Kate said: “Rosedale has been associated with glass-blowing since the 16th century, and the methods we use today continue to mirror those that have been used for hundreds of years.”

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Details about the talk.

From the Top of Snowden

August 12, 2013

Took the train to the top on a glorious day.

Trip to Aberdovey

August 12, 2013

It was warm and beautiful in the middle of Wales in early July.

Artists Talk Sunderland 6th Feb

February 5, 2013



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.

Red House Glass Crafts

December 5, 2011

Richard Lamming has been cutting some large pieces for us. He is a master cutter, the phrase “master’  is somewhat over used these days and in this context it is quite correct.

Richard Lamming is a true master of his craft.

Stourbridge Twenty Twelve Portland Vase

December 5, 2011

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

December 5, 2011

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.


Baldwin Guggisberg – Beyond Glass

November 16, 2011

The exhibition is beautiful and clearly shows their journey in every respect. On until 27th March 2012, if you find yourself in Geneva its is well worth the visit. The Book that accompanies the exhibition too is beautiful and worth adding a ‘glass books’ collection. On 24th November Philip & Monica will be at the Museum to talk about the work, more details here. Philip & Monica were the inspiring people to work for and we owe them a debt of gratitude.