Studio Life – Gillies Jones Blog

Glass Making Visitors

Posted in Craft Thoughts, Travels by Kate Jones on October 31, 2011

Scott Benefield & Andrea Spencer called into Rosedale with their travelling studio on their return journey to Northern Ireland.

Lovely people, amazing travelling glass makers and expert van packers, as well as many many other accolades too numerous to mention !

Have a look at what they make here.

http://craftni.org/directory/maker/scott-benefield

http://craftni.org/directory/maker/andrea-spencer

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Sloe Delivery

Posted in Rosedale the locale by Kate Jones on October 31, 2011

Well, they did ripen and I have never seen such an abundance of large plump Sloe Berries… hic !

Quick pickin this year… though I’m gonna need a LOT more Gin.

Exhibition Opening

Posted in Exhibitions by Kate Jones on October 31, 2011

The PV day was very well attended and the Goblets well received.

Thank you to the 300 or so people who came through during the day and thank you to everyone for your continued support of our work.

The show runs until the end of November, and is open Mon-Sat 10-4pm Sun 2-4pm.

From 1st Dec – 1st March, we are  at the studio working, but open by appointment.

 

Studio Exhibition October – Graal Goblets

Posted in Craft Thoughts, Exhibitions, Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on October 5, 2011

The Studio Exhibiiton opens to the public on 24th October. (PV 23rd)

‘Graal’ is the Swedish for grail and derives from the mediaeval Latin for ‘gradalis’ meaning bowl or chalice.

Developed in 1916, by the master glassmakers at Orrefors, it is still one of the most technically
challenging of all hot glass techniques.
An overlay is made, cooled, decorated with engraving and sand carving, reheated, picked up on the blowing iron and made into a goblet. We will be making these generously sized white & clear
goblets with new complex patterns.

Below images of the second stage of the process the pick up through to making.

Overlay and embryo making to come soon.

 

Embryos in the kiln ready for pick up


On the Blowing Iron

Heating in to smooth the textured sand engraving

Marvering the embryo

Air blown into embryo

Stem Foot & Punty added

Almost finished

Into the Lehr to cool overnight.