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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

 

Spring Rituals – Exhibition Catalogue

March 27, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came over to Rosedale for our Private View of Spring Rituals.

Decorated eggs have long been a potent cross-cultural symbol of new beginnings and springs return.

This new collection of pieces are principally inspired by the eggs of the now extinct Elephant Bird.

These works explore the patterns made by the reassembly of these fossilised giant eggs.

The fragmented patterns are universal in their structure, like cracked dry earth and the breaking ice sheets.

The form of the egg and these patterns remind us of the eggs function as a protector of new life and its inherent fragility.

You can see the online exhibition catalogue here and read the full statement about the work. If you have any enquiries, please do not hesitate.

 

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.

Glass Papier Mache

This years Rosedale Show, (our village’s agricultural show) has a class in the Crafts tent….. Make a Papier Mache bowl in the style of Gillies Jones.

We will be choosing the winner this year and awarding a glass bowl. 

Landscape Study blue over red

The British Glass Biennale

May 14, 2015

We are pleased to announce that three of our landscape studies have been selected as part of the British Glass Biennale, which takes place in Stourbridge from 28 May to 28 June 2015.

This major exhibition awards a number of prestigious prizes, chosen by a jury of industry leaders from institutions such as Sotherbys, the Ikon Gallery and the British Glass Foundation. The event forms part of the International Festival of Glass, and has been attracting visitors and enthusiasts from across the world to venues throughout Stourbridge’s well established Glass Quarter. A vast range of techniques are represented in the works featured across the Biennale – it continues to be one of the most significant international events for anyone interested in contemporary art and design in glassmaking. http://www.biennale.org.uk/