I am writing this morning sitting here looking out onto the sunlit corn which is growing high in my garden. The blueberries are over and now the blackberries hang in juicy drops waiting to be picked. This last year has been full of great commissions and adventures. I have barely had the time to keep up with my blog so have let go of it a bit in order to prioritise work commitments. As usual I have held small classes at my private studio in Trowbridge near the town centre and will continue to teach into 2024. I love teaching those shiny bright students and watch them making great design choices. Exploring glass for the first time and discovering their skills and abilities.
This year we have seen the traditional art of Stained Glass go onto the endangered list at Heritage Crafts. It is true to say that we are a niche community. On becoming a member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters and understanding best practise you can go forward. I encourage my students and anyone to become members and to take part in lectures and seminars so to understand that stained glass community here in the UK. Like any skilled craft a standard of excellence is important, therefore being a member will provide up to date information, books and contacts for anyone interested in this ‘niche’ stained glass work. To say there are not many recognised apprenticeship courses is an understatement. The only one in the UK currently is at Swansea University for those interested please read https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/stained-glass-apprenticeship/
Peacock Art Trail & Courses
I am happy to take part in the Peacock art trail which is the 7th to 15th October in Corsham. I am an artist firstly in painting and drawing so my cards and prints will be available in abundance. A bright array of stained glass panels will be on sale too with a few lamps and light box panels. Brochures will be available soon but you can check out details here
I give courses at my studio this winter which are nearly fully booked. Courses for the new year 2024 will be available soon please check my website, FB and Instagram for further details. My studio is bright and well equipped and I look forward to welcoming you.
Art in many forms
The Autumn brings a nip in the air where we hug a woolley cardigan a bit closer to keep warm. Those of us growing our own food have so much to do at harvest time. Not only the cutting, storing and cooking but the preparation of the ground for the slow turn of the seasons. If you don’t have a garden but love cooking there are so many wonderful vegetables to make soups and stews as we go towards the autumn equinox. I take more time these days to draw the plants, flowers and trees in my garden and locally. I love galleries and find it important to see how others interpret their vision. Art trails are so great we can walk through the different art forms on display and see the feelings they evoke. I hope to see you at the Peacock Art Trail in October.
Be Creative, Be Abundant and Be Blessed
Lots of Love Annie x