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Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair – Manchester

October 8, 2018

We will be moving a little bit of Rosedale to the city of Manchester for this lovely event, showing our glass with 150 makers from across the disciplines.

We will be there 11-14 October

PV 11th 6pm – 9pm

Friday 10 – 6pm

Sat 10 – 5pm

Sunday 10 – 4pm

Andy Goldsworthy – Rosedale

July 2, 2018

Artist Andy Goldsworthy is making a series of works in Rosedale, which will eventually form a beautiful walking trail in Northdale.

We are delighted to have made a small contribution to one of the works in the form of an Occulus, for Jobs Well, and we are really looking forward to the completion of the project which is supported by the David Ross Foundation.

Catkins of the Alder Tree

April 30, 2018

Our first design of 2018 is now available to order here

Our first design of 2018 is an intense golden yellow with a transparent bright green lip wrap, a small celebration of spring’s colours.

Not only do we find the catkins beautiful when covering a tree with colour long before the leaves uncurl, the Alder trees also have a special significance for glassmakers.

When we make glass, we use Alder wood for our blocks to shape and cool the molten glass as this wood is especially good at absorbing water.
Alder does not rot when wet and for that reason most of Venice is built on Alder piles.

You maybe unaware, that when visiting Rosedale you will travel along Alder Carr Lane.
A ‘Carr’ is the old name for an Alder Woods, which were thought to have mysterious, magical atmospheres.

Rosedale has an abundance of Alder trees on the banks of our two rivers.

The Alder Catkins fill the trees with colour and springs promise long before any leaves uncurl. (The pollen has long been used as a dye for clothes, even for the fairy folk)

For all of us this year spring is much later…. the Alder Catkins are particularly late to reveal their splendour and as I type Rosedale’s Alder trees are only just coming into bloom.

We hope the design of this new bowl brings a little early spring into your home.

Our new limited edition of 100 bowls is the first of 2018.

Hand blown, hand engraved glass, signed dated and numbered

 

Exhibition – A Portrait of Place

February 9, 2018

“A Portrait of Place”

Barnard Castle & Teesdale in contemporary cameo glass.

February 10 – 13 May 2018 The Bowes Museum

The Landscape of Teesdale has long been an inspiration to artists including the water colours of John Sell Cotman & J.M.W.Turner.

Our exploration and ‘Portrait’ of Teesdale uses a different perspective, digital satellite imaging.

This enables a new view of the landscape, revealing the geology, rivers systems and layers of human endeavour, carved into the land and overlaid for millennia.

We engrave layers of marks into the glass, blurring the boundary between abstraction and a literal interpretation.

Just as changing light illuminates the landscape, light is integral to our work, animating our glass, revealing layers of colours and engraving.

Our subtly distorted bowl forms, represent the soft curves and hollows of the land. The gentle forms and complex engraved surfaces of every vessel ensures each piece is a unique object.

 

Four Resovoirs

Manmade marks constructed, burned and worked into the land, have their own beauty and rhythm. Winter colours highlight the cold depth of the water and the stark staccato patterns of the burned uplands.

Blown Engraved and Wheel Cut Overlay, Cameo Glass

H 16cm Ø 40cm

 

 

 

A Portrait of Place – Exhibition – Bowes Museum

November 16, 2017

A portrait of the Barnard Castle & Teesdale in contemporary cameo glass.

A series of our pushed bowl forms, with colours moving through the seasons, exploring the landscape around Teesdale the Bowes Museum.

This beautiful Landscape has been an inspiration to artists including the famous poem Rokeby by Walter Scott which celebrates Teesdale and many watercolorists have chosen to paint this landscape, including John Sell Cotman & J.M.W.Turner.

Our exploration and Portrait of this landscape will use a perspective that has only recently become available. Using digital satellite technology,  enabling an over view of the landscape, revealing the geology and the marks carved into the land of Teesdale by natures hand and the active management of men and women over millennia.

The title ‘Portrait of Place’, makes reference to the English Water Colour Tradition, a time before watercolorists were appreciated as artists, a time when their role was purely functional, recorders of the world around them.

10th February 2018 – 13th May

The Bowes Museum

Northern Design Awards

We are really excited to be included as a finalist in the Designer Maker category – competing against some very tough Northern competition.

We are set to find out if we have won this prestigious accolade on Friday 24th November at the iconic Principal Hotel, Manchester when the winners are announced at a glittering gala dinner. One the judges, Linda Barker praises the awards “”It’s a privilege to be part of the illustrious judging panel and to be part of the growing phenomena that is ‘The Northern Design Awards’ “The award ceremony is always one of the most glamorous events in my diary, a fabulous event that celebrates the power of the North’.

The Dag Rose – Limited Edition Blown Glass Bowl

September 6, 2017

The ‘Dag’ Rose

Our third design of 2017 is a soft pink bowl with a warm orange lip wrap.

It’s been a good year for all roses.

Rosa Canina heralds the arrival of high summer with a generous show of beautiful, delicate pink flowers with sunshine orange stamens.

This wildflower is the origin of the stylised rose of medieval heraldry and in folklore is said to symbolise both pleasure and pain. It’s those thorns: the ‘daggers’ from which the ‘dag’ rose took its name, and over time has become more commonly known as the ‘dog’ rose.

When we’re out walking in Rosedale I particularly miss this flower and the obvious passing of summer as we move through the year. The flowers are now setting as rose hips.

We hope this bowl is a gentle reminder of the warmth, light and bounty of summer.

British Glass Biennale

August 27, 2017

The exhibition runs until 9th September, it’s well worth visiting Stourbridge to enjoy this selection of art works made in glass.