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Anniina Tenno

November 16, 2011

Our Hot Glass assistant Anniina Tenno has return to Finland for the winter period, and a for a class or two in Sweden… looking forward to welcoming her back in early January.

Chase at the RCA Tonight !

November 10, 2011

We have sent 5 Graal Goblets for tonight’s event.

The Exhibition

The Shooting Star CHASE exhibition, which encompasses contemporary painting, sculpture and glass, has been going for ten years and raises, in one evening, up to UKP100,000 for Shooting Star CHASE. The exhibition takes place in the ground floor gallery of the Royal College of Art in London (Kensington Gore, next to the Albert Hall). It is on the evening of Thursday 10th November (starting at 7pm). Tickets are £65 which includes  champagne and canapés.

This is a great opportunity to buy art from leading contemporary British artists, both representational and abstract. Prices range from £100 to £5,000+. The artists receive the normal price for their work and Shooting Star CHASE receives the “gallery” commission.

Glass Section

As usual glass section will be there and as always we have wonderful UK Glass artists:
Julie Coakley, Katharine Coleman*, Matt Durran, Sally Fawkes*, Sara Fell , Gillies Jones, Richard Jackson*, Monette Larsen , Charlie Macpherson , James Maskrey, Amanda Notarianni , Ronald Pennell , Mark Raynes Roberts, David Reekie, Colin Reid , Victoria Scholes,  Louis Thompson and Sarah Wiberley.
* Katharine, Rik and Sal will be there on the night to help as they have so generously been for the last 10 years.

Last year we had a bumper year selling half of the glass (almost unheard of in any gallery). As this is likely to be our last year of selling glass, do come and support us and see if we can outdo last year’s record performance. I hope that you will come and support Shooting Star CHASE. We would be delighted to see you there.


You will find an invitation and application/donation form attached. Pls note that you can also pay for your tickets on line at Otherwise the Application form should be sent as directed on it, but if you want further information,feel free to contact me. Please also pass the information on to anyone else that you think might be interested.

Graal Goblet Exhibition Opening

November 4, 2011

The PV day was very well attended and the Goblets well received.

Thank you to the 300 or so people who came through during the day and thank you to everyone for your continued support of our work.

The show runs until the end of November, and is open Mon-Sat 10-4pm Sun 2-4pm.

From 1st Dec – 1st March, we are  at the studio working, but open by appointment.


Studio Exhibition October – Graal Goblets

October 25, 2011

The Studio Exhibiiton opens to the public on 24th October. (PV 23rd)

‘Graal’ is the Swedish for grail and derives from the mediaeval Latin for ‘gradalis’ meaning bowl or chalice.

Developed in 1916, by the master glassmakers at Orrefors, it is still one of the most technically
challenging of all hot glass techniques.
An overlay is made, cooled, decorated with engraving and sand carving, reheated, picked up on the blowing iron and made into a goblet. We will be making these generously sized white & clear
goblets with new complex patterns.

Below images of the second stage of the process the pick up through to making.

Overlay and embryo making to come soon.

Embryos in the kiln ready for pick up

On the Blowing Iron

Heating in to smooth the textured sand engraving

Marvering the embryo

Air blown into embryo

Stem Foot & Punty added

Almost finished

Into the Lehr to cool overnight.