Friday, 24 May 2013
Yes it is that time again - Cheltenham Open Studios 8 - 16 June. All over Cheltenham artists are opening their work spaces or exhibiting their work in unusual and unexpected venues.
As part of my exhibition not only have I tidied my studio, generating 5 bags of rubbish, but I have made these limited edition enamel mugs.http://issuu.com/cheltenhamopenstudios/docs/cheltenham_open_studios_2013_guide_book?mode=window I am exhibiting with jeweller Sharon McSwiney and sculptor Christopher Lisney at Venue 29, look forward to seeing you.
Tuesday found me back at Hy-Tech www.hytechenamellers.co.uk
working on the panels for the Bath Road commission.
The daunting whiteness of the bisque covered panels waiting to be drawn into.
Rachel is working with me on this project, it is exciting to be working alongside her as she has taught me so much about enamel.
We had been given a great working space on the factory floor, around us cast iron baths were being sprayed ready to go into the furnaces to have the enamel fired on.
It seemed such a big task, but Rachel and I complete 2 of the 3 panels that day.
Here Rachel has drawn into the bisque to reveal the black grip coat layer.
None of this would be possible without the support, knowledge and good humour of John. We are learning so much about industrial enamelling from him.
The 2 finished panels ready to be fired, I can't wait to see them done.
Monday, 13 May 2013
Lost relatives is a relevant theme for me at the moment.
I am enjoying creating fantasy narratives around these images.
Some lend themselves to obvious visual hooks.
My grandfather as a boy, lost because he died decades before I was born.
Is this a long lost aunt, I found her image in my fathers photograph album and will never have the chance to find out who she is.
I am thrilled with how well these etched steel labels enamel.
Did I notice that the cut outs look like an extension of her dress?
Does my father look like my children at the same age? Lost 30 years ago, but continuing as part of the next generation.
This work could easily become mawkish, but it is sad that these faces should be hidden from view and who knows someone might recognise who they are.
Found relatives, now there's a theme!
Monday, 6 May 2013
I am working in the shed this weekend, of course the weather was going to be fantastic!
Looking like an extra from Star Wars, but preparing steel for enamelling with Spirits of Salts this look is essential.
And here I am a Minion from Despicable Me.
All to make work ready for Art in Action in July.
But most of the weekend has been taken up with tidying the garden
in readiness for Cheltenham Open Studios.
We open for a week from 8th June.
By then I should have a garden full of Scarlet Tiger Moths.
Saturday, 27 April 2013
Remember at the beginning of November, the post, Great Expectations I proudly announced that I had undertaken a commission for Cheltenham Connect. 3 enamel panels that would celebrate 200 years of trading on the Bath Road, Cheltenham. Well that project is progressing.
Rachel and I had a very exciting day working with John at Hy-Tech Enamelling Ltd, www.hytechenamellers.co.uk having a practice before launching onto the large panels in May.
I have cut stencils which Rachel and I will be drawing through
onto the bisque enamel (that is as technical as I will get).
The panels are then put on a continuous conveyor
and taken through the furnace and fired at 800 degrees
An extraordinary sight.
Rachel and I now know what to expect. John and his team were really welcoming and generous with their expertise. I am so looking forward to working on the real thing.