Exceptional Times

Whilst the world is on hold, and we wait in self isolation to hopefully slow down the virus and give the NHS a fighting chance…

Lets look at some of the recent creations from workshops, courses and those who have carried on at home. Help keep our spirits up, maybe inspire each other to create and make, whilst I wait to re-schedule post-phoned workshops and courses.

I am starting to re-orientate how to precede with work and life in general.  Usually Artists are quite good at lateral thinking, but this, as for many, is being quite a challenge.  Talk about bringing communities together in shared experience. 

It was almost funny discovering this Tuesday  lunchtime that the studio would close by 6pm having just had word that someone wanted a commission, Yay and Ooh!  I tried to decide in a short space of time whether I should attempt to set up a home studio or not (space issue’s, free roaming cat Dr Seuss).  I rushed around, my brain in muddy confusion, collecting tools and a choice of glass together, squishing it  into my small car. How much and what glass and lead would I need…..how long is a piece of string type question.  I decided to problem solve the lack of space, workbench and cat later, one problem at a time. Today is Saturday, I have a wee home studio, bench as well, set up and ready to go! My hope is I can take small commissions, depending on the suppliers still open online….watch this space or send me an email if interested. 

I hope this slide show will  keep those creative juices flowing. Do email any lovely pictures of stained glass and copper foiling you have recently made or are making, I will post them onto the Facebook page to keep us all going.

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Christmas Gifts and AWOL ICE

Christmas Gift experiences in Stained glass and ICE at AWOL Studios, Hope Mill Ancoats.

With the importance of less waste and changing the way we consume goods, being at the forefront of our minds, buying less ‘stuff’ and locally is the thing to do now.  I don’t feel too bad saying please buy local from makers and artists this Christmas. There is a host of exciting workshop experiences out there, where one takes home not only a beautiful creation but a lovely memory that lasts.

Why not look at the workshops and courses I run as gifts for someone this Christmas. I still have spaces   Introduction to Copper Foiling workshop   Stained glass for beginners weekend workshops   Evening and Daytime classes     Do have a look and please do feel free contact me and ask questions.

The workshops I run are based at AWOL Studio’s in Hope Mill Ancoats Manchester, where a few of us Artists who teach and run workshops have pulled together to create ICE’, ‘independent Creative Educators’. “We offer unique creative experiences in a Unique Grade 2* listed venue – Hope Mill. So far we you can try, drawing, painting, crafts, photography, stained glass with other culturally creative activities coming soon. We are are group of artists who are proud to embrace the independent spirit of a creative Manchester.

Check us out, maybe buy a workshop for that someone special or for yourself, we all deserve down time to be creative. Follow us on Instagram @iceawolarts watch out for open days and see what we are up too. Thanks for reading

New Stained Glass courses for 2020

Stained glass courses and workshops in Manchester – New dates for 2020

Come and learn a new skill and create your own stained glass panels. During the short winter months be up-lifted by the beauty and colour of glass,  whilst learning how to design your own pattern, cut and lead glass and solder the panel.

Courses are 9 weeks long on a Monday evening or a Wednesday morning, with only 4 people giving plenty of quality time with the tutor, that’s me.

There are also workshops held on the weekends, Stained glass for beginners and Introduction to Copper Foiling.

Have a look at the slide show to see some work in progress and previous stained glass made during courses. Some is made by people who have returned for a second course. The courses are also suitable for beginners with no previous experience, just a willingness to have ago.

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Copper Foiling in July

Copper Foiling Workshop Sunday July 28th

There are places on the Introduction to Copper Foiling one day workshop in July, held at my Manchester based Studio in AWOL studios.

Copper Foiling is a fun glass craft to learn and can be suitable to develop into a hobby. Playing with colourful glass to create sun-catchers and decorative hanging for you home or to hang in the garden.

Here is a slide show of some of the pieces made by previous students from the copper foiling workshop, follow the link to book or do message me on the Contact page.

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Summer Glass Workshops new dates

Creative glass workshops in July

I am about to run a Stained glass weekend for beginners this weekend 1st and 2nd June, and have set dates for the next workshops in July.

Whilst preparing and choosing glass for people to use, I found myself staring at the glass. I do not seem to tire of how beautiful and uplifting it’s colour and light transmitting properties are.

Here are a few pictures, although it is hard to really show the true splendor of glass through a photograph. Well I find it hard, with a smart phone!

For information on the next Stained glass weekend workshop and Introduction to Copper Foiling workshop follow the links. Why not try your hand creating with glass.

 

Round up of Springs Stained glass

Stained glass & Copper-foiling courses & workshops.

A lovely array of colourful glass pieces made by people attending stained glass workshops and courses over the last few months.

I will be putting up some new dates for the popular ‘Stained glass weekend for beginners’ and ‘Introduction to Copper Foiling’  for late summer and the Daytime and Evening Courses will run again in September.

If you are interested yourself in attending a course/workshop, or have any questions, please do contact me and ask away.

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New Courses and Workshops for the New Year 2019

Christmas and the New Year 2019 are around the corner with a host of new workshops and courses to do in Stained glass or Copper Foiling.

Including a NEW DAYTIME course on a Wednesday morning!

The Monday Evening course will be running as usual, with Stained glass for beginners weekend workshops in February and March.

Have a look at the selection of pictures showing work being made by people attending the workshops and the beautiful finished creations.

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Fancy trying Copper Foiling – Saturday 1st December

A place has become available on the Introduction to Copper Foiling workshop on Saturday 1st December.

In one day you can learn the copper foiling skills to make your own glass sun-catcher to take home, using a lovely selection of colourful glass and template ideas to get creative with. You will learn how to cut glass to a template, use copper foil tape and how to solder your glass creation together.

Here are a few examples of what people have created on the day.

If you would like to book a place and find out more, please follow the link to download a booking form, or give me a ring. Introduction to Copper Foiling: one day workshop

Autumn Copper Foiling workshops

After a glorious hot summer, maybe too hot at times, I had an end of summer trip to a very misty atmospheric Whitby to see the coast and golden sandstone after time spent in the glorious Lake and Peak districts, enjoying the sunshine and the heather turning purple. Now waiting for the Autumn colours to arrive, as a lot of us its get back into school and work routine.

If a creative colour fix is needed, there are places left on the Introduction to Copper Foiling day workshop, on the 21st October and 1st December. A chance to learn a new skill and play with beautiful colourful glass, following one of my patterns or forming your own small sun-catcher to take home.

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If you have any questions about the workshops, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for reading and viewing.

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