Journal

Emptying the Furnace

Emptying the Furnace

The studio is cool and quiet. ⁠The furnace is off at the moment.

It's a strange mix of emotions... a relief as the summer has just arrived.

The prolonged chill has been a great time for glassmakers.

It's always always disconcerting when the cycling heart beat of the studio goes quiet.⁠

It's time for a rebuild, a new box of bricks, this one lasted us 16 years so she did well.


Time to renew.⁠

Hope to be back up and running in September, just as the Autumn returns.⁠

If you come to the studio over the next few weeks, although we are not blowing glass there will always be a warm welcome.⁠

Wild Garlic Bowl

Wild Garlic Bowl

Our first Limited Edition of 2024 is a delicate interpretation of an intricate flower.
Like spring’s sparklers these beauties have burst into bloom, carpeting woodland, standing tall among a sea of dark green leaves.
This new bowl highlights the beauty of this edible woodland plant.
A delicate transparent white glass bowl with a deep transparent green lip wrap.
Wild Garlic Flowers

Wild Garlic Flowers

Wild garlic waits underground for the majority of the year until, in spring time, it makes the most of the light available under the tree canopy.
Growing in dense colonies of starry white flowers borne on straight green stems, the unmistakeable smell alone is a tell tale sign you’re close!
A native of Asia, wild garlic is common here, going by many names such as buckram’s and ramsom’s. Bear garlic and bear’s leek are said to come from brown bears’ fondness for eating the bulbs when emerging from hibernation in Europe.
With magnesium rich leaves, it can be eaten by humans to fight off coughs and colds, while history suggests it was used to treat toothache, warts, measles, mumps, rheumatism, cardiovascular, respiratory and digestive problems, as well as for the sterilisation of wounds.
Like spring’s sparklers these beauties have burst into bloom, carpeting woodland, standing tall among a sea of dark green leaves.
A Delicate Colour

A Delicate Colour

The flowers of the wild garlic are delightful and very busy, like a firework bust of white petals and delicate yellow stamen a top a sturdy stem. The wind has been cold and strong and the stems withstand the worst the weather throws at them.

The colour I've chosen  for the body of the bowl is very subtle, which I hope brings out the delicate nature of these blooms, and the rim is a nod to the sea of green leaves from whence the blooms rise... like stars in a night sky.

Wild Garlic - Design Work

Wild Garlic - Design Work

I've been patiently waiting for this flower to open. The buds remain tightly closed as the weather remains cold up here in Rosedale.

Just this weekend a few brave blooms appeared and work has begun to transcribe their form and physical essence onto a bowl.

Their 'other' essence is much lauded by chefs and in many recipes... I am surprised that even the pollen packs a generous aromatic punch.

Making

Here's a time lapse of the final stages in making a large sandblasted Rondelle in preparation for Kate's exhibition at Vessel Gallery, London. 

Glass Delivered

Glass Delivered

Had a trip to the big city to drop some new pieces off at Vessel Gallery.

Necessary and brief parking by Mr Gillies.... very Ad Fab.

Blowing a Bit

Blowing a Bit

It's a beautiful day up here, sunshine and clouds fill the sky.

It is a bit blowy, we are grateful the east coast has been spared the worst of the storm, though some of these gusts are a thing!

Hope you are having a good Sunday.