Studio Life – Gillies Jones Blog

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.

Colour Vision / Scottish Gallery

Posted in Exhibitions by Kate Jones on August 27, 2009

We will be showing 3 pieces in some good company, as part of this show at the Scottish Gallery.ColourVisionPVInvitePrint25.08.091


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New Web Site

Posted in New Work by Kate Jones on April 28, 2009

So, a new web site has gone live, dedicated to our individual pieces

Our beautiful bowls will remain on the existing site, and can of course be ordered online.

The new site points you in the direction of the galleries we work with to represent the individual works.

find it and I hope enjoy it at

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New Work

Posted in New Work by Kate Jones on January 18, 2008

Just finished these two small bowls for the V&A Museum Shop.

Quite pleased with them.

Hope to see them in situ next week when we vist the V&A for Collect.
On with some new patterns now. Plan to have a studio show in Spring to show the new work.V&A Bowls

3rd Week in January… Already

Posted in Studio Stuff by Kate Jones on January 14, 2008

Seems a long time since Christmas.

Getting ready for Collect, and thinking about some new pieces.

Officially closed but here working as its the best time of year to be a glass maker !