|Posted by cmgaylard on April 27, 2015 at 2:15 PM|
Some of Mr Turner's sketchbooks.. from the Turner Bequest. We went to see the 'Late Turner' at the Tate late last year. What I didn't know (not having seen the Mike Leigh film yet) was how prolific he was, that a sketchbook and any mark-making implement were like extensions of his hands. Apparently other artists reported meeting him on holiday and being put t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 2, 2014 at 4:35 PM|
To a new studio/workshop! Many reasons but amongst them the following conversation: 'Do you teach lampwork glass classes?', 'Not at the moment but leave me your contact details.' 'I did that THREE YEARS AGO!'. Plus numerous requests for sales hours, the option of renting torch time and etc.
Last time I taught flamework was in Singapore. My current studio in an ancient house has been lovely but not entire...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 23, 2014 at 7:50 AM|
Only one more weekend of Open Studios to go but I think the award for 'Most Disgruntled Trailing Spouse' is probably in the bag. While his wife having watched me flameworking, examined my glass a weary and bewlidered gentleman gestured round my studio and said: 'We see this stuff everywhere we go, who buys it all?'
It wa...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 13, 2014 at 12:35 PM|
My unusually tidy workbench. The jug of water is to quench tools or receive glass that has gone badly arwy. The stainless steel pot holds vermiculite, it permits small pieces of glass to cool slowly. I usually put my glass straight into the kiln, left to room temperature the core will continue to heat and expand while the surface will...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM|
Thanks to everyone who came by, silversmiths, engineers, jewellers, students, parents, holiday makers, supportive spouses and innocent bystanders. Thanks for putting on the safety glasses, leaning in and asking questions. It was a pleasure to meet you. Three more weekends to go.
|Posted by cmgaylard on August 22, 2013 at 6:20 PM|
Would you like to see the process? Largely unchanged over hundreds of years, immediate and rather alchemical. Send me a note via my 'Contact' page and I wil let you know when I am having Open Days.
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 24, 2012 at 3:55 PM|
This was my last Suffolk Open Studio weekend for 2012 but I am happy to take studio visits and do demonstrations by appointment. I am very absorbed in and convinced by what I do, so showing the process and where I take it is a pleasure. I'm not sure you ever stop being a teacher, for better or for worse. I enjoy imparting information and delight in the curiosi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM|
The last time I saw Jill was in Singapore, I was teaching a workshop in the intense heat, two torches and a kiln for a heightener and NO air-con. About as far from an English summer as you can get so it was a delight to have Jill walk into my open studio holding a sculpture assembled from her very determined and deft days work in Asia two and a half years ago. Jill is a te...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 25, 2012 at 11:10 AM|
I have gone down the rabbit hole in favour of blue&white recently, here is a sampling. I scavenged a lot of blue and white china seconds while we lived in Asia and have a completely mismatched collection. The colours are so pure and cool in combination. I frequently drank tea at the amazing (and completely blue and white) Agalico tearooms in Bangkok, worth a virtual scoping out (google) if you can't get there in person.
|Posted by cmgaylard on April 18, 2012 at 6:15 PM|
The Suffolk Open Studios season starts with an exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn from 26th May to 4th June 2012. The exhibition contains the work of over Suffolk artists working in a wide variety of media. For more information please go to www.suffolkopenstudios.co.uk
I am artist #67 and following the exhibition my hom...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on May 20, 2011 at 6:40 PM|
The Showcase at Blackthorpe Barn, Bury St Edmunds opens tonight. When I saw that it was a medieval barn I imagined a rough exterior and a gallery interior, actually the interior is pretty medieval too so it is a big difference from my last few exhibitions in purpose made galleries. It is full of character and heaving with work, I am not sure how many artist...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on February 8, 2011 at 11:55 AM|
In June 2011 I'll be taking part in Suffolk Open Studios, a collaberative organisation run by artists. My studio (and those of many other Suffolk based artists) will be open each weekend in June so its a relaxed chance to engage with artists in their creative environment.
You can find my artist page, dates and directions atRead Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on November 13, 2009 at 9:40 PM|
Looking at the Tree of Life and Day of the Dead, the words of a calavera I like:
“The English man is a skeleton
so is the Italian
the Roman Pontiff,
kinga, dukes and councilmen
and the Head of State
...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on November 5, 2009 at 11:22 PM|
I finally decided on 'Multiplicity' as a title and this is 'Framing Angie's' unique frame. A combination of spontaneous pleasure & hours of labour and applied skill. A good metaphor for the benefits of art-enrichment. I forgot to measure it before framing so it will probably go down in the catalogue as 'Very Long'.
|Posted by cmgaylard on October 11, 2009 at 7:10 PM|
When we chose 'Labyrinth' as the title for our exhibition I found out the difference between a labyrinth and a maze, I had not realised that a labyrinth was one, single path.
I found a description of a labyrinth as a meditation with three stages: the journey in: the centre: the journey out. A journey to slow down, encounter the divine and mo...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on September 2, 2009 at 2:04 AM|
I like a high level of control and autonomy with my work, so I approached the idea of a collaberative project with some caution. Four determined and fairly egocentric artists on one project without a leader should all point to trouble. In fact it's exciting, stimulating & remarkably stress free and all that is going to be reflected in the upcoming exhibitio...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 4, 2009 at 2:22 AM|
'Labyrinth' is a shared exhibition of the work of four Singapore based artists and will open at Gallery 2902 on the 12th November 2009. Myself, Donna Coughlin, Martha Chaudry and Susanne Pauli will be exhibiting work that represents our non-linear journeys in creativity.
The exhibition recognises and supports the efforts of pr...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on July 3, 2009 at 11:50 AM|
The exhibition is down, the first run of workshops is completed and the kids are off school for summer. I'm putting a couple of hothead torches in my suitcase to take on holiday and introduce to friends. If you are interested in trying an Introduction to Lampwork Workshop please let me know via our contact page. Max class size two persons.
Thank you to everyon...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 13, 2009 at 8:15 AM|
Tan Sock Fong is the glass artist who is part of the Emily Hill co-operative and is behind the Glass Studio. Here's a bit of bio from herself:
'Sock Fong graduated from the University of Wolverhampton, UK, with a Bachelor (Hons) in Art and Design, specializing in Glass Art and Printmaking. Her specialties include creating glass sculptures and designing feature walls for hotels, restaurants, offices, and homes...Read Full Post »
|Posted by cmgaylard on June 10, 2009 at 10:38 AM|
Temperatures were in the upper eighties well before noon today. So the class working with torches and a kiln fired-up in a non-air-conditioned room deserve an award for uncommon valour.