Sometimes grim is good

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Life has a habit of handing out difficulties never expected. Sometimes it can be made into something good, like these little paintings. They helped me put everything into perspective and I think they turned out jolly amusing.

death played onDeath played on

face of deathDeath smiles on us all. Be a viking and smile back.


Callanish stonesCallanish Stones, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, Scotland




International Glass Festival

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The international festival of glass is next weekend in Stourbridge.  Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it, but if you love glass this is a great event to go to.  There will be exhibits by well know and emerging artist that are astounding to see, plus workshops, talk and taster sessions.  I’d love to go to the talk by the last real glass eye maker in the UK but sadly have commitments on my time here in Scotland.

I’ve added my two cents worth though. The Amblecote Wordsley Methodist Church will be adorned by a huge stretch of glass bunting made up of flags contributed by hundreds of fused glass makers from around the world and a photo gallery and message from those who have contributed on the theme ‘Glass for Good’.

These are the three bunting flags I sent. All were made from greenhouse glass.bunting flags

And one more quote to keep me moving though a difficult week.

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Now go create ….


You can’t wait for inspiration… 5 quotes that have helped me have the courage to be creative.

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It’s incredibly difficult to be a trail blazer. When there’s no road map to follow, the temptation is to stay safe, do what you know, but that’s not an artistic option. An artist can’t follow a pattern. The item may be hand-made, may be beautiful; however, the piece lacks the spark of uniqueness if it’s someone else’s idea.

What any artist needs is the courage and endurance to try and keep trying without loosing heart. The first attempt may be great; more likely it will need further refinement, so another experiment begins until the masterpiece is born.

These are some phrases that have help me through those difficult days when all I wanted to do was throw the paint, glass, computer, ect… in the bin and eat chocolate.

You can_t wait for inspiration

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.” Jack London


shower creative

“Everyone who’s ever taken a shower has had an idea. It’s the person who gets out of the shower, dries off and does something about it who makes a difference.” Nolan Bushnell


Eleanor Roosevelt

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt



“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry



Those that dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. Edgar Allan Poe

I hope these are helpful. Please add in any other inspirational quotes that have gotten you out of a slump in the comment section. I’d love to hear them.

Now then, it’s time to log off and get back to creating. Cheers


I’m so excited…..

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I’m so excited about these. I love the places creative exploration can take design.  The little lady birds are the cutest thing I’ve made for awhile but I didn’t start out the day planning to make them.  It was only after making some little red and black pokka dot ball earrings, I got inspired to try tiny lady birds.  With a little practice, I was able to make the eyes and head small enough to match the body.

Just in time to go with my next idea. Summer’s on the way and roses are one of my favourite flowers.  Of course you need lady birds to keep away the aphids, so I plan to combine the two in my next project.  Watch this space for photos of that.

The second great idea I got this week came from a customer last weekend asking if I could make paperweights.  Unfortunately I’ve tried, but my torch isn’t powerful enough to melt the correct amount of glass for a full size paperweight. However small is beautiful. Tiny has a special charm, so I tried making miniature ones.  These turned into gorgeous earrings that I’m really pleased with.

Today’s experimentation was incorporating copper into an implosion pendent. I’ll have to wait until it come out of the kiln tomorrow to see if it’s any good, but it was great to try the idea and play around with materials.

To me that’s what art is all about.  Trying an idea that pushes the materials you use, then evaluating the results before trying again.  It’s no use just copying someone else’s design.  However beautiful it may be, it hampers the creation of your own style.  And that is a shame, cause if you don’t do it…. no one else will. No one else has your perspective on the world. Don’t hide it in a crowd of mediocrity.


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Thunder birds

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This is one of my latest sculptures.

I love the way he turned out, for although there are some thing I could have done better; overall I feel he conveys the essence of this legendary creature as I understand it.

He has the rain and lightening coming out of his wings, which was a particularly tricky step, as each tiny glass trail wanted to melt into its neighbour as I pulled them out in the flame.  Also I made an ‘implosion’ fire in the base of this statue with more colour overlaid to represent the storms, fights and lightening the thunder bird is master over.

I love trying to get inside a myth or legend to understand it enough to create the characters in glass. Any suggestions for my next creature?