The Guardian 8th May

May 8, 2010

Pleased to have been included in this nice article by Charlotte Abrahams in todays Guardian.

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Gillies Jones bowl

Gillies Jones bowl. Photograph: James Johnson for the Guardian

Partners in work and life, Stephen Gillies and Kate Jones, both 43, make vibrantly coloured, decorative, hand-blown glass bowls and one-off art pieces. Gillies is a glassmaker who blows in hot glass, Jones a painter specialising in glass.

Where do you work? “From a long, redbrick studio in the village of Rosedale Abbey on the North York Moors.”

Describe the pull of the country. “What we do is all about quality of life, and there’s nothing finer than North Yorkshire. All our work is inspired by the local environment – we’ve been here for 15 years, but we’re still constantly amazed by our surroundings.”

How do you make yourself heard? “Technology was just beginning to change when we set up in 1995, and it didn’t take much imagination to see the difference the web would make. At first the website was just a shop window – we did mail order over the phone – and then, in 2007, we set up the shopping site. It has been specially designed for a non-craft audience, so that people who regularly shop online would feel confident to buy one-off pieces. We certainly couldn’t survive the winter without it, because that’s when visitors stop coming to the studio. The web means we can sell all year round.”

What’s the best thing about working here? “Allowing the rhythm of the seasons to dictate the rhythm of our work.”