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A Cool, Quiet Hotshop

August 28, 2018

The furnace is quiet and cold. It’s a situation no glassmaker enjoys, but a necessary one to ensure full maintenance of all combustion systems. As the weather becomes cooler, it’s even more of a thermal shock following the wonderful summer. We are looking forward to relighting the heart of the building and blowing glass again. Provisional dates looks to be mid October for the first gather.

If you are coming up to visit the studio, there’s always a warm welcome, tho,  you may need to wear an extra layer.

Back to the land – Thank you

May 17, 2018

If you missed the show, you can catch up on iplayer here. Episode 2 and our little segment starts at about 28 mins.

Mandy thanks to Darren and the crew and all at 7Wonder for a beautiful edit.

And many thanks too everyone for all the lovely comments following the broadcast.

You will find a website dedicated to the show where you can find all the folks mentioned in every episode.



Mistletoe Bowl

November 22, 2016

Our final limited edition design of 2016, Mistletoe. A celebration of Christmas through this richly symbolic evergreen plant.

Stealing kisses beneath a bough is a relatively new tradition associated with Mistletoe. It’s folklore is, in some places dark, however, in Yorkshire it’s been a symbol of living in harmony since Mediaeval times and this element of it’s history seems worthy of note and more relevant than ever.

Available to order at the end of November. Please join our emailing list for the notification.


Planning a visit to Gillies Jones Studio?

December 1, 2013

It’s that time of year, when the weather turns and we are merrily blowing glass through the week. Though we are officially closed, we continue to welcome visitors during this time (it’s best time of the year to be glass makers) just drop us an email or give us a call in advance of your arrival 01751 417550, as just sometimes, the weather in Rosedale can be a tad inclement and best to call to ensure we are accessible. Any queries, don’t hesitate.

The Value of Skills…

April 26, 2013

Just sent some words to the CGS. Been asked to talk about the ‘value’ of skill and as ever I am in danger of becoming just a bit of a bore on the subject of it’s value to us as glass makers and its imperative role in the making of our work.

Good to reflect on the issue and remember the fact that the Arts Council, has to date, supported two studio events in support of skill… entitled ” Steal With your eyes”.

In 1998 Tobias Mohl and 2003 Janusz Pozniak came to Rosedale to demonstrate their skills (from the Venetian tradition) to an audience of British studio glass makers and students. Steal with your eyes, refers to the ‘old way’ of learning how to blow glass… when secrets and skills were protected… then the only way to learn was to watch and then practice.

Nowadays there are many opportunities to learn skills directly from makers from different making traditions, in one of the many centres of excellence in the USA and in the UK at Northlands Creative Glass.

Steal with your eyes… in this case by invitation  !