Patterns

We’ve had a fair amount of rain in Cumbria this winter. But then, this isn’t called the Lakes for no reason. From experience, the thing about Cumbrian rain is that generally, it falls and then it goes. If it floods, the floods then drain fairly quickly...
Autumn

Autumn

It’s half term. The clocks have gone back, the weather has most definitely turned (if not towards winter, then at least more unsettled) and children are wandering the streets of Hawkshead in Halloween costumes. (They’re early, but heck, Halloween’s a...

Glass Sellers Commission

Next week, I am attending the Worshipful Company of Glass Sellers’ annual dinner, thanks to being a finalist in the commission competition held earlier this year. Which is hugely exciting, even if it does mean that I’ve had to buy a little black dress,...
Hawkshead toddy glasses

Hawkshead toddy glasses

The past week has been one of near-perfect weather, neither too hot nor too cold and generally sunny. Working in the studio is a pleasure, a complete contrast to the damp that had prevailed. September often brings mixed feelings. On one hand, the weather is often like...
Clear vs. colour

Clear vs. colour

Is clear a colour? Last week, I made a pair of wine glasses for a friend and asked her “out loud on Facebook” what colour she would like for the stems. We settled on my interpretation of turquoise and pink, but along the way, the option of clear was...

Water and glass

Yesterday didn’t start well. An early morning walk in what the Met Office described as light rain showers was more of a battle through a solid torrential downpour. Here in the Lake District we should have a word for every variation of rain, but we don’t....
Glass bowls

Glass bowls

When I was a child, growing up in the wilds of North Wales, we had a Welsh cat with 6 toes. He was a ginger tom and one of the memories I have from this time is of him trying to catch my feet as I picked damsons. He scratched! But it was worth it. I loved damsons then...
Sartorial inelegance

Sartorial inelegance

A couple of years ago, the Budapest Times ran a lighthearted article on a phenomenon they called the “first thong of Spring”. Clearly Budapest springs are hotter than ours up here in the Lakes, but it was also a comment on clothing fashions and what people...
Courgettes, castles, Christmas and chandeliers

Courgettes, castles, Christmas and chandeliers

It’s Courgette season! They are flourishing in their new “Courgette Castle”, built specially by Alois (and with my ornamental glass turrets). We have them with a vengeance, as well as new potatoes and, courtesy of the climate, lovely wild mushrooms....
An Austrian exchange

An Austrian exchange

Traditionally a material used for scientific work, there are now a number of flamework artists who work with borosilicate glass to make a wonderful array of pieces, both practical and decorative. There are also a few technical glassworkers who have blended their...