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A Cold & Quiet Studio

September 13, 2012

There’s an eerie silence and cool temperature inside the studio as the beating heart of the place is cold. We’re and in the middle of a pot change and annual maintenance, now counting the days to getting her up to temperature and making again.

Open By Appointment

November 29, 2011

From 1st December until 1st March when usual hours resume.

December to Feb is our creative time in the hot shop, preparing for next years exhibitions, working through ideas, trying new ways of making.

If you want to come up to visit the studio, don’t hesitate, just drop us a line first to ensure we are here to welcome you.


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.