Monday, 5 August 2013

Market on the Green, Beckenham

This weekend we were at Market on the Green in Beckenham, Kent, an event organised by Copers Cope Area Residents Association. It was our first ever outdoor event and chance to test drive the new gazebo. My first panic came on Friday night when I realised our pitch was on hardstanding not grass - perfect as far as exhibiting glass is concerned, nothing worse than a wobbly table but I didn't have any weights to hold the gazebo down. Luckily our neighbours came to the rescue with the loan of some weights.

Then we had 'technical issues' connecting to our card payment system and had to drag our technical expert (youngest son) out to solve the problem.  However, despite some minor stress we had a fantastic day, the sun shone and was a great mix of stallholders and entertainment. The Market is in a perfect location and very well organised, we hope to back again later in the year.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

A Green and Pleasant Land

I've been working on this glass panel landscape for weeks now, adding more detail and firing again, it's hard to know when to step away and consider it finished.  It isn't a picture of anywhere specific, I didn't work from a photo but a picture in my head of peaceful rolling hills - somewhere calm and tranquil. I'm sure there are many places around the world just like this but think my picture memories are probably from childhood holidays in Ireland.  Sometimes we all need to get to a green and pleasant place, even if its just a picture in our heads.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

A Vintage Fair

So much of  current design trend is vintage influenced so I thought I'd give a vintage fair a go. I had a stall last weekend at A Gloriously Vintage Day Out at Mount Ephraim, near Faversham, Kent   There were some fabulous stalls and exhibits throughout the house and garden and despite the forecast, the weather stayed fine all day and an excellent day was had by all.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

First Craft Fair of the Year

My first fair this year was at Gingham Goose, held at Hayes Village Hall in Kent. I must admit I didn't have high expectations, it's a lovely well organised fair but with all the economic doom and gloom in the news I wasn't sure many people would be out buying.  However it was great, the hall was busy all day, I got to catch up with other stallholders I hadn't seen since Christmas and my glass went well - phew.

I also got to try out my new gadget, an iZettle card reader, as long as there's a good mobile phone signal it's really simple to use and half my sales were paid by credit card so certainly worth getting.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Beach view from Sandgate

I've just finished this triptych based on the view from our flat in Sandgate. This is the first large piece of fused glass I've made since getting my new Nabertherm 75 kiln, each piece is 20 x 40 cm so I could only fit two panels in the kiln for each firing. The final firing was a tack fuse so that the top layer of waves, boats and pebbles on the beach are raised and give texture to the piece. On the whole I'm really pleased with the way this turned out, as usual I can see bits I would do differently next time - all part of the learning process...