The Cowslip – our first limited edition bowl of 2020
Flowering around Easter the cowslip is one of the best known spring wildflowers.
In Rosedale Abbey, they grow between the stones of our driveway, a nodding cluster of delicate cup shaped flowers sitting atop tall stalks, the leaves an array of delicate greens.
A nostalgic symbol of flower rich pastures, once as common as a buttercup but depleted from the 1950s due to changes in land management, the cowslip is now regaining a foothold in roadside verges.
Highly valued since ancient times for its medicinal uses, the cowslip contains an oil known as ‘primula camphor’ that has the potential for use as an anti-inflammatory and antihistamine. Used to make wine, jam, tea and ointment, it is thought to be a good sedative and was used in the treatment of coughs and bronchitis. A tad topical… but don’t try this at home.
The folklore is rich, as is the origin of its name. In old English ‘cuslyppe’ translated to cowpat. Obviously, we prefer the more romantic adapted name, cowslip.
Our first seasonal design of 2020 is an edition of 100 bowls and is available for delivery only at present. View the bowls in our shop.
Very warmest regards from Rosedale.
Stephen and Kate
Business Almost as Usual
(ALMOST) AS USUAL
At Gillies Jones we are following current expert advice and adapting to the times.
We will be closing our doors to visitors for the time being.
We will be in the studio working and able to post online and telephone orders out to you.
We are a small independent maker, so right now, we appreciate your support more than ever.
Stephen & Kate xx
Still Working and Open – Rosedale – 18th March
Of course, the situation with Coronavirus is changing rapidly. It seems almost daily that we have new advice.
We are doing our very best to navigate these choppy waters. We remain very much open for business are fulfilling orders by post.
We will continue to blow glass and so, therefore, by nature of the process we have our doors open and will welcome visitors.
Keeping in mind our health and the wellbeing of our assistant, we will continue to monitor the situation and be guided by expert advice.
In these difficult times, we are focusing on springs bounty and enjoying the fresh air of the North York Moors.
Thank you for all your support and we hope you all stay safe and well.
Stephen & Kate
Seeing Red – Exhibition
Pleased to be showing 3 new bowls within this group exhibition.
Saturday 18 January – Sunday 1 March 2020 – Fen Ditton Gallery
“This exhibition is the second in a series of exhibitions exploring colour that Amanda Game is curating for Fen Ditton Gallery. Each show brings together works by artists, from different disciplines, to explore how colour as both subject and medium remains a fundamental part of many artistic processes.”
More details here.
Crucible – Changing the Pot
The furnace is off as we change the crucible, ready for the year ahead making glass. The pot corrodes over time and develops holes or cracks, which can, eventually go through and create all kinds of havoc for a glassmaker. This pot has been in the furnace since summer 2017 and is ready to come out. Hope to have the furnace relit next week and have the beating heart of the building return to warm this stone building through.
Happy New Year 2020
A very happy new year to you.
We are looking forward to this new year for many reasons. We have plans made, many of which will involve celebrating our 25th year making glass together in Rosedale.
Please join our studio mailing list to be the first to learn of special events and exhibitions.
In January and February each year, we work behind closed doors and resume our usual opening hours on March 1st.
We still accept PayPal orders during this time and if you would like to visit the studio, please call ahead to arrange an appointment.
Warm regards from Rosedale,
Stephen & Kate
A Simple Black Vase
A simple vase in black glass, that allows for any colour of flower to shine, be it a single garden bloom, or an elaborate table centre for a special occasion.
The vase has a small hole of approx 1.5cm diameter in the top so as it can hold a simple single bloom or an arrangement.
Available in a large or small size.
Last orders for Christmas 19th December.
The Rowan Tree
Our winter design celebrates the luscious red fruits of the Rowan Tree.
Bane of witches, diviner of the future and source of jam, rowan is an elegant tree with a mystical history. Its leaves and delightfully red berries are a favourite for rural and urban wildlife alike.
Hand blown, hand engraved glass, in a warm opaque red with a transparent red lip wrap, signed dated and numbered., we will be launching our new design next week. Please join our mailing list and be amongst the first to know.
With Love – Manchester
Our friends over in Manchester have created a pop up department store celebrating story led brands. We are pleased to say some of our studio production bowls have been curated into this event. If you are over in Manchester, we reckon this will be worth a visit, and each Thursday night there are a series of events to enjoy.
full details here
The Cornflower Bowl
Many thanks to everyone who has recently ordered a cornflower bowl. Our third limited edition design of 2019 is now sold out in the small size with only a few remaining in the large size.
Please join our mailing list to be the first to see new designs.
We are now working our way through making each of the bowls.