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Springs Blossoms & Blooms

April 5, 2019

Spent some time in the garden yesterday gathering up the blossoms and blooms.

Though the wind is cold, the sunshine is bringing out the best of spring.

Hellebore

February 28, 2019

This year our studio garden has given us a wonderful show of hellebore, with a bright display of the glorious crowns of these elegant flowers.

At a time when so few plants are daring to shine, hellebore provides a reliable source of joy as a prelude to spring.

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.

 

Open

March 5, 2018

We are now open to visitors our usual hours Mon-Sat 10-4pm Sun 2-4pm

A thaw is setting in, all roads are now open and clear, except of course, the infamous Chimney Bank.

Simple Pleasures

April 6, 2017

A riot of colour – Rhubarb, picked from the studio garden, in bright spring sunshine. Lovely.

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Crocus Limited Edition Bowl

March 8, 2017

Our first design of 2017 is an explosion of rich colour. ‘Crocus’ is an intense purple bowl with a transparent bright yellow lip. There is a slight hint of green where the two colours meet.

The Crocus flower is all about joy and cheerfulness.

Regardless of the flowers folklore and history, its annual show is always a joy to behold, bringing the landscape alive with intense colour.

Hand blown, hand engraved glass, signed dated and numbered

H11cm ø15cm – Order one of our 75 limited edition bowls online – £260 inc P&P

H15cm ø18cm – order one of the 25 larger bowls – £460 inc P&P

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