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Hiking with glass

Visitors to our gallery often ask where we get our inspiration. Our answer hasn't changed since 2012.  The Connemara area provides all the inspiration we need.   We are lucky enough to live and work in one of the most beautiful parts of the world.  This last week we have spent some time photographing our glass pieces in the places that inspired them. Taking the roads less traveled, carefully making our way across rocks and bog-land, and crossing the odd stream, it feels almost poetic.   Today we chose Mám Éan as our destination again. On our last trip, see our previous blog-post here, it was a rather wet day.  Today, we had  beautifully bright sunshine. Elizabeth rightly pointed out that it doesn't...

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"How do you do that?"

All sorts of people ask all sorts of questions. They range from, “is this plastic?” (no, it isn’t) through, “do you paint the colour on afterwards?” (no, we use coloured glass), to “how do you squish it into shape?” (is ‘squishing’ even a word?!)

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Embrace the bubble, we say!

It is every fused glass artist's worst nightmare... You spend a considerable amount of time designing and making your next masterpiece, making sure every last inch of it is perfect. You know your kiln schedule is correct, you've used it a thousand times before. But, on this one morning, when you open your kiln, you find a large bubble has spoiled what might even have been your greatest work. In the above photo of a 30 x 30cm (12" x 12") fused glass plate, the bubbles were caused by copper star inclusions in between two layers of glass. The smaller stars near the edges of the piece fused perfectly, while the larger stars caused bubbles to form between the two layers of glass. (For our...

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Spring Colours 2015 - 50 shades of blue (glass)!

  Can you feel Winter slowly slipping away?  We can!  With Spring in the air, we are looking to the latest colour trends.We've been keeping an eye on Pantone's colour predictions for 2015, and are so excited by the range of soft blues for Spring.   "This season there is a move toward the cooler and softer side of the color spectrum. An eclectic, ethereal mix of understated brights, pale pastels and nature-like neutrals take center stage as designers draw from daydreams of simpler times. Remembrances of retro delights, folkloric and floral art, and the magical worlds of tropical landscapes restore a sense of well-being as we head into warmer months. “Many feel compelled to be connected around the clock because we...

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