Exploring and telling stories. Celebrating colour, pattern, light and the beauty of the small.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 24, 2017 at 2:15 PM|
Out past Sutton Hoo at Ramsholt for crabbing - a warrior with a micro-city on his back. All crabs returned to the waters having polished off the bait.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 17, 2017 at 9:35 AM|
I was on the 'Show and Tell' table at the Summer Exhibition on Sunday - not able to fit a torch session in - but it gets pretty hot by the sea and under gallery lighting. When I looked at my photos I was amused to see my frit pot (crushed glass) taking a central role. It's a three-legged mustard pot with a plastic spoon and a complete interloper amongst all the finely-crafted and handmade.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 17, 2017 at 9:30 AM|
Is up and running until 28th August, just off the sea front and with two excellent fish&chip shops a stone's throw away.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 13, 2017 at 2:55 PM|
I've been sitting on the floor carefully chipping off paint splashes with a blunt stanley-knife blade all morning. This week has been all about setting-up. Private view tonight and opening tomorrow.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 12, 2017 at 5:25 PM|
The contrary nature of photography - the huge, harvest moon that comes out the size of a pinhead, the hare ten feet away that looks as though it's in the next field.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM|
Our attempt to get into the Hokusai exhibition at the British Museum last weekend (without booking) did not succeed so we took in the Japanese gallery instead. I'm seeing a dozen or so hares every evening I'm out walking at the moment but have given up trying to catch a photograph - here's a happy substitute that would fit nicely into the palm of your hand.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 11, 2017 at 10:50 AM|
Some of the wheat is already in, some still fairly green, so the landscape keeps changing.
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 10, 2017 at 9:05 AM|
A family wedding in Wales near Cardiff, the bride's painting of a lighthouse and my glass figures made for the top of a red&white 'Lighthouse' wedding cake which made the journey with us. My first visit to Wales - and after the relief of depositing the cake in its appropriate parts - what a lovely way to do it!
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 2, 2017 at 8:00 PM|
Three of us are just back from two days spent mostly driving in order to see Mathew Bourne's 'Red Shoes' on the last leg of its debut tour - in the lovely old Empire in Liverpool. We are still processing - it was a whirlwind, heart-wrenching, comedic, artistic love-letter to ballet of the first half of the last century. My dear, late, dad would have LOVED it, we did.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 30, 2017 at 12:50 PM|
...and I become aware when I export my photos to a larger format (my website or Facebook page) it looks as though I have just been digging for it. I have usually just finished cleaning my glass (not my hands) and take a one-handed photo on my mobile phone.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 26, 2017 at 4:35 PM|
It's been a thorough pleasure as usual - thank you to explorers, artists, crafters and customers. Now I'm working towards the Suffolk Craft Society Summer Exhibition (15th July - 18th August) - it's always good to have an excuse to go to Aldeburgh.....
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 21, 2017 at 8:05 AM|
In need of rescue every day at the moment, usually a variety of overheated bees, today a tiny dragonfly.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 20, 2017 at 6:55 PM|
Play - some of the demonstration pieces I did for the students.....
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 16, 2017 at 4:15 PM|
Finding my studio once in Yew Tree Court has been a thing- as you leave the main road, look left and you will see these barns on your far left. Follow the drive left and you will end up between my studio and the main road. Good Luck!
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 16, 2017 at 11:20 AM|
Four artists from our 'Art Around Framlingham Trail' opened our studios to groups of secondary school students yesterday. It's the age group I used to teach and rather miss - when enthusiasm or inspiration takes hold it's a blast.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 16, 2017 at 11:05 AM|
These are hot days to sit at a torch, next to a kiln..... we are calling it suffering for art. Some lovely long stringers from a confident hand in a starter class.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 16, 2017 at 9:55 AM|
I didn't know what this was but Folks on Facebook tell me: Tragopogon pratensis aka Goats beard or Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon. I will probably settle for Goatsbeard and feel quite clever that I got it home in one piece, I'm seeing stars.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 8, 2017 at 2:30 PM|
I've taught two starter workshops in the last Open Studio week (amongst other things) and enjoyed them very much. I have a strong preference for teaching flamework one-to-one because it requires so much focus. I also really enjoy how different characters and approaches yield such personal work from the outset. Thanks to Gayle for this photo of her glass.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 1, 2017 at 5:55 PM|
Family jokes usually have obscure origins. When asked what I want, I frequently (& possibly annoyingly?) say: 'The head of John the Baptist on a silver platter'. So a daughter made me one for my birthday and here he is - a wonderful, work in progress - now what shall I ask for?