Thursday, 24 February 2011

Royal wedding commemorative engraving for sale

Well it had to be done. I have just completed my first piece of Royal wedding memorabilia.

I wrote to Buckingham Palace to make sure I get it right and legal, and on their instruction purchased the official crest to be used, from the College of Arms. The wording is also as per instructions. I will be taking this to the Cambridge Glass Fair this Sunday, 27 feb, to see what interest there is. It is not an order it is just what I have decided to do and will be for sale and I will take orders for more if anyone is interested. This is a Krosno glass goblet, although I can work a vessel of your choice as long as it is suitable.
Today I am thinking of all the New Zealand earthquake victims and their families. My prayers are with you.

Monday, 21 February 2011

more for Cambridge Glass Fair.....Persian theme...

Cambridge Glass fair is less than a week away...they say it will warm a little during the week...I like the sound of that...double figures would be good!!

Here are some more pieces for my stand.

I have had visions of this decanter for some time and finally I have completed a little boy once said
"I close my eyes and have a think....then I draw my think" I love that as it is so true.
5 viewes of the engraving

This is a Krosno Asquith decanter, lovely thick and heavy. I just adore the shape of it and really felt it suited the Persian subject, a quote from Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. The quotation is sandblasted all around and the grapes are hand engraved all around above the lettering.
I have a number of smaller pieces for my stand including some RCR Crystal perfume bottle which I have engraved using the combination of both sandblasting and hand engraving.

I am still working on my orange blossom plate, this is almost complete now. I will also have one (possibly two) "pond life" paperweights, I did a run of these in the past, 8 so far, which proved to be very popular. They may have the same theme but are each completely different, usually featuring carp and a dragonfly. They will be marked with their unique number.

So back to the workbench....which is rather dusty...

My thoughts go out to all those people and creatures who are cold and thirsty right now, may you be warm and have your thirst quenched.

...and always to women in an abusive strong and do what you have to do, you do not have to put up with it.

Monday, 14 February 2011

new engraved glass work

Popping in quickly to show off a couple of engraved pieces......above are some game birds on a Dartington crystal hurricane lamp (candle holder) and below is how I spent a good part of the weekend. This piece is an Ian Bamforth overlay glass bowl which I am hand engraving with orange blossom, still a long way to go. This will be available at the Cambridge Glass Fair on 27th Feb, (see previous blog post)

Back to the grindstone.....Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Engraved crystal bowl / Cambridge Glass Fair / the showroom grows again.

Once again it is time for the Cambridge Glass Fair, I cannot believe how fast this event comes around, but then I suppose I have been quite "busy" since the last one!! I have plans afoot, making this fair a little different to normal.

This is a large crystal bowl which I have had for some time and have been bringing out from it what has been hidden for so long. I wish to call it "Green Peace" and this will be available at the Cambridge Glass fair. Anyone wishing to purchase it or reserve it beforehand should contact me, but one way or another it will be there.
I have had a hectic weekend and Sunday was spent re organising my showroom...again! I was lucky to be able to purchase some display cabinets from a shop which had to close. There are too many shops closing and it makes me really sad. But these cabinets now are doing a fantastic job displaying beautiful crystal and glass. (The empty ones on the left I am talking about)

I also purchased a shop front cabinet from the same shop which now provides some more storage space and some of my Rock Tablet range inside the display case. It is all about the dusting! I aim to get all my glass behind glass one day !!!

Otherwise work / life is ok and I actually can't think of too much else to say about it, I have plenty of work and plenty of blank crystal staring at me waiting to be turned into something spectacular for my gallery, and of course for Cambridge Glass Fair. This is a day not to be missed, I know I am like a stuck record (for those of you who remember records) but it truely is!

For those who don't know, (as I am asked all the time), I also do very simple engraving, if you want one initial that is fine too! Here is a pretty little vase I did last week. This little vase with one name and this flower (will vary slightly) = £48.00

The Facebook engraving page seems to be a busy little place these days, it has certainly taken a load off my emails, budding engravers are making good use of the advice and are sharing their pictures more boldly now, I love it!!

Well that is it, I don't have much time, got to dash. I hope that New Years resolutions are still going strong.....hmmm, you can start again anytime you know :-)