NEW ARRIVALS ARTICLE

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Title:  Fibre vase
 
Description:
blown glass
Artist: DarrenWeed 
Profile: Since graduating from the university of Wolverhampton in 2008 Darren has been making glass of original design alongside producing work for various studios and artists.

Artist statement

The blown glassware of Darren Weed is rooted with a deep respect of traditional methods and processes, driven further by the desire to keep developing technically through design, ideas and execution. Darren has always appreciated Art in which the craft of its production can be seen and strives to raise the standard of his own practice with every piece made.

“Working with glass is a demanding experience, often unforgiving but ultimately rewarding. The preparation and attention required throughout making is a motivating force in the creative process. I try not to take inspiration from the material itself but rather try to understand ideas through the process and perceived limitations of glass blowing.”

 
 
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Title:  Monochrome Bottle
 
Description:
glass
Artist: ThomasPetit 
Profile:

THOMAS PETIT hand blown glass draws inspirations from the Arts, his own photography,everyday objects & experiences. his Seashore range is inspired by his childwood outings in East Sussex.

'I am a Designer-Craftsman who, although does some designing on paper, actually finds experimenting through the medium, much easier and more rewarding. I have been caught out in the past, by drawing for hours, without realising that the designs are beyond my practical capabilities. Working directly with the glass means, I can start with a basic sketch, work through the possibilities, often exploring adjacent ideas en-route, before reaching a conclusion.

Although my particular passion is for scent and stoppered bottles, I do make more orthodox shapes as well. There has also been a growing interest in paperweights.

I try to design my scent stoppered bottles, in styles, that have been less exploited than the more obvious shapes. These are frequently thick and weighty, a trait familiar to the Studio Glass market. Thicker glass can suspend a greater infusion of coloured layers, which gives the Artist, an almost unlimited canvas.

The stigma that the populous have about handling glass, often means that the textures that can be created, on the surfaces of the glass are ignored; Glass possesses very tactile qualities. I have discovered over the years, that glass is much more resilient to damage, than I previously thought'

 
 
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Title:  Detail of figures in white dress
 
Description:
smoked fired ceramics
Artist: TonyFoard 
Profile: Tony has been a full time potter for about thirty years before which he worked in advertising and printing. In his work He uses a white clay body and each figure is individually modelled. They comprise two or three sections which are assembled as a finished piece after firing. The separate parts are biscuit fired to 1100 c in an electric kiln then decorated with glazes or ceramic colours and fired again to 1000 c. The raku firing is to 780 c in a small gas kiln in the garden. Each piece is taken from the kiln whilst red hot with tongs and carefully placed in sawdust or other combustible materials. The immediate effect is to blacken the clay but other results can be achieved by controlling the path of the smoke over the surfaces. Pieces are often fired several times to get the desired result. Sometimes silver leaf is applied to the finished figure and patinated with chemicals. He also uses this technique on his ceramic wall pieces. When the figures are assembled more decoration is added in the form of collars and armbands using wire or pewter and sometimes silver and gold.
 
 
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