Just finished this little Dartmoor clapper bridge scene, for a house in a little village on the Moor. yet again my work is destined for a toilet window and it does make me chuckle how many bathrooms and toilets have one of my stained glass windows in them! As usual I have cut the glass, painted my designs on to the pieces and then fired them in the kiln, before leading up the panel, soldering the joins and cementing all the gaps to make it water tight. I have added lots of li
We can see Dartmoor from our garden and yesterday answered their eiree call and headed for the hills. I get so many ideas for designs this way and Vixen Tor is my new muse. It has it’s own legend (as any self respecting Dartmoor landmark should) and it is said that a witch lives in the rocks and conjours up mists to lure travellers to their death in the marshy bogs beneath. We could not find out for sure about the witch, as the Tor itself is on private land. But Dartmoor’s h
I picked the tree trunk up in 3 and 6 inch cross sections, with quite a lot of wild life attached and I must confess it was a bit daunting….but then my ever useful Dad arrived and Becoming Autumn is the second piece on the trail. Again I used recycled waste glass (this time Spectrum 96 series), and depicted oak leaves changing My third piece on the trail is also inspired by the modern use of woodland for peace and reflection. ‘ Looking up at Mountain Ash’ takes inspiration fr
I am working on some new themes for this year’s work, one of which is a series of panels inspired by my children, trying to #panel #artglass #children #lead #printing #inspired #houses #moon #commission #Exeter #dartmoor #linocut #redfox #print #sky #AmyMccarthy #star #garden #bespoke #blue #child #landscape #paintedglass #nightsky #childrensstory #house #acidetching #yellow #kilnformedglass #stainedglasspanels #stainedglass #gifts #tree #linoprint #handmade #lightblue #tales
I had 5 visitors today, a mixture of fellow artists, local people and a friend from round the corner, very civilised! Still 2 days left to come and see me if you are in the Exeter area. #art #artglass #design #commission #Exeter #dartmoor #AmyMccarthy #bespoke #kiln #recycledglass #acidetching #experimentalglass #kilnformedglass #recycled #DevonOpenStudios #glass #Devon #fused #craft #traditionalmethods #artisan
Whoops! A broken camera stood between me and Sunday’s Open Studios blog post, no point in a post without a pic! Anyway, Sunday was a very successful day, 5 visitors and lots of sales! I sold 2 big items for my OS partner Ulrika and I sold 2 of my acorn design and a few other bits. I really cracked on with my mermaid panel and completed the leading process and soldered the whole thing up, amazing what you can do with 7 hours dedicated time without kiddie interruptions! Monday
Day 4, second blog post, wonky I know! Anyway yesterday I blogged about how I had cut all the glass for the mermaid window, today I have painted on the details and got it all in the kiln. I use kiln fired glass paints which come in a powder form, you mix them with gum arabic and water to make a paste and then get going. Its a devil to work as it dries to a powder very quickly and then can not be over painted or touched up, you need to make smooth fluid lines from the off and
Open Studios is in full swing! In the 3 days we have been open to the public we have had 20 visitors, which I am pretty pleased with! So, what is there to see? We are open 11 am -6pm Until 18th September 2011. Open till 8pm Thursdays and closed to remind our children who we are on Mondays and Tuesdays 39 Regents Park, Exeter, EX1 2NY #panel #DevonOpenStudos #art #artglass #lead #seaside #design #commission #Exeter #dartmoor #frontdoor #DevonArtistNetwork #AmyMccarthy #bespoke
Bless my folks (there they are sitting down) who have spent the last fortnight The extra space means I have a dedicated drawing area (looking out of the window onto our garden) a leading and cutting area, my light box is now usable cos its not covered in other work any more and I have a lot more storage. Due to the clear roof I have loads of natural light and it is a wonderful workspace, thanks so much Dad…now where was that list of things for you to do next time you visit???
They were very pleased with it and said, “….it looks fabulous! Hopefully mum will be over the moon…Thanks everso much for doing this, its really special.” #birthday #panel #art #lead #window #design #commission #sea #Exeter #Norfolk #dartmoor #coast #boats #AmyMccarthy #bespoke #blue #birthdaypresent #green #Happisburgh #Norfolkcoast #lighthouse #landscape #fields #acidetching #gifts #cliffs #handmade #glass #Devon #unique #craft #traditionalmethods #artisan
I was contacted recently by a customer on Folksy who wished me to adapt a previous Dartmoor design she l First of all I cut the glass using a glass cutter and ensure all the pieces fit within the lines of the cutting pattern. Then the finished panel is ready to pack up and send off to its new home. #panel #artglass #lead #window #design #commission #Exeter #dartmoor #windowdecoration #artisanstainedglass #AmyMccarthy #httpfolksycomshopsamyorangejuice #bespoke #blue #green #la
I have made great progress on my latest window commission, the story so far:
I have cut the glass, decided the blue was wrong and re-cut that in a different shade and type of glass, the #panel #art #lead #window #dartmoor #abstract #AmyMccarthy #heather #bespoke #blue #Scotland #NickiMacRae #scenery #Highland #landscape #pathway #rocks #acidetching #stainedglasspanels #stainedglass #workinprogress #mountains #unique #traditionalmethods #artisan #privatecommission #stagesofbu
I am well into my second week of Devon Open Studios and nearly 50 people have been to visit, which is great. Its a bit strange not knowing when people are coming and then several people arriving at once, but that is part of the fun of it too!
I have also been able to get on with lots of work, having nearly finished my Scotland window and I have new commissions to get on with at the weekend, so lots of interesting processes to watch including a restoration.
My gazebo galler
I have been hoping to get on with my collaboration with Lynwoodcrafts this week, but other things, like going camping, kept getting in the Firstly I had to make more brooches, 139 to be exact as everywhere is selling out fast and I have been busy with my Florence rooftops panel commission, which I need to finish in time for the couple’s wedding, it is starting to shape up now and I have cemented it today. I still have to clean it up and add some windows to the cathedral, but
My family and I enjoyed a lush holiday in West Wales with 2 other families who are old mates from university and we get together every year for a joint holiday. We stayed in a gorgeous old quarry house in a village called Cilgarren. The house was at the foot of a gorge and its sheer rock face was the back wall of our garden with an amazing waterfall when it rained (which it did quite often) and we were right on the river, so I paddled my feet in the water with my kids and saw
My feet have hardly touc I received photos of a recent commission looking beautiful in situ. I am hopefully starting on a new project with these clients soon. Following being featured in one of this weeks newsletters from Etsy I have had a real run on my Etsy shop, which has been amazing and I went from having no sales whatever on there to 9 in 48 hours! Needless to say I have been busy making new stock to replace my recent good fortune! Ah, and finally, I had a brilliant, t