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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.


Christmas Exhibitions

Posted in Exhibitions by Kate Jones on November 23, 2010

Our beautiful bowls will be travelling out from Rosedale to the following  exhibitions.

Click on the name to follow the link to each galleries site.

The Blue Coat Display Centre LIVERPOOL

The Harley Gallery NOTTS

The Black Swan FROME

Christmas Crackers  SHEFFIELD

The Biscuit Factory NEWCASTLE

Leeds Craft & Design Centre LEEDS

Inspires Gallery OXFORD

Effervescence V SUSSEX

Cambridge Contemporary Art CAMBRIDGE

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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