The outside world keeps on turning and Gloss Gallery summer show is already up and running, which I am pleased to be part of and as the summer holidays grow nearer I am feverishly working on my recycled sculpture for TRAIL 2014 and working towards my first Devon Open Studios in Teignmouth, I will be Anyway, the sun is shining and recycled washing machines do not turn themselves into sculptures, so I will head out into the Sunday sunshine. #panel #art #artglass #lead #seaside
birthday present stained glass panel Not just any green house a lovely wooden bespoke Grow House for the surprise Birthday present of the client’s wife. I Stained glass panel with tomato, aubergine and pepper completed this stained glass commission several weeks ago now and I have just received the photos of it in its new home. Thankfully it fits perfectly and I think it looks very handsome! The brief was to create a window full of vegetables and to include the words ‘Lisa’s
Some of it has been taken up with joining the writing team at UKHandmade where I am now writing the craft profiles section, which is proving to be great fun, though I hope my outpourings wont be too sporadic for them! I have also taken on another voluntary role, by joining the board of the Devon Artist Network and its great to be involved with an organisation Things in the world of glass have been moving on nicely too! I have been furiously making boat mobiles and my other re
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
Oh dear, I totally gave up on my blog a day! whoops. But that is because I have been double busy the last few weeks. Open Studios ended well with over 100 visitors, but now its over its straight into the pre Christmas frantic stock making! I have however, finished some bigger pieces and this is what today’s post is about! Finally, I installed an abstract panel this evening in a bathroom/hallway internal window space. The design brief was to create a piece inspired by images o
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
I managed to get my raindrops sculpture up in the garden this morning and spent the day threading the raindrops back on whilst chatting to everyone. I also managed to apply the etching creme to the glass I painted with PVA resist yesterday…sadly my camera is still not cooperating and so no photos, better luck tomorrow I hope! There wasnt time for much else as we had lots of people come There is still a whole week of Open Studios to go, so plenty of time to come and say hello!
I then went on to cut 4 small Winter Village scenes, ready to be painted soon and tried to repair a beautiful teasel panel I have We had 5 visitors today, which brings us up to 30, please come and say hello if you are in the area, we are open until the 18th September! #panel #art #lead #window #design #commission #Exeter #windowdecoration #AmyMccarthy #bespoke #acidetching #OpenStudios #stainedglass #recycled #gifts #DevonOpenStudios #handmade #glass #Devon #craft #traditiona
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
My family and I escaped the long over due building work on our house last week and travelled to Norfolk to meet my new niece for the first time and we had a lovely week in the sunshine with my family. I have not been back to my home county for over a year and I forget how much I love the dramatic wide sky’s of the flat countryside. We have returned to a house of dust with no gas or hot water (in fact not even a kitchen sink!) but it will come together fast in the next couple
I was struck by the history of the house and I wanted this to be reflected in the windows;Newton St Cyres has a wonderful arboretum with a special bridge from the house to the gardens and I wanted this reflected too. Reading the history of the Manor house, which goes back to medieval times, I was struck with the importance of wheat and trees in the The front door panel is only small and I wanted to create a piece that would really make a statement, like a small jewel and so
The brief was to incorporate the children’s names and the motifs of tear drops and butterflies. The clients chose the glass and we tried to incorporate the children’s birth stone colours. I decided on a free flowing shape edged with bubbles and with a sense of movement. The clients decided on a flow of stars and butterflies running through the panel and they love colour (I understand their house is very colourful and original!) Firstly I cut the glass, then painted the design
I have just got back from installing 2 sky light panels to a wonderful apartment over looking the sea in Sidmouth . My client’s led them to contact me. The apartment is a large, light modern building and I took inspiration for the designs from the artwork and pottery around the home. I did a range of designs, from beach huts reflecting some paintings in the lounge to fish inspired by some fabulous pottery. #panel #art #artglass #lead #window #seaside #design #commission #sea
Today was my scheduled day to finish a large panel I have been working on for (all stages of it being made and details are on previous post, click here), so I have spent the day polishing and finishing the details of the etching with an electric etching pen. I always do the pen etching right at the end as I don’t like the black stove polish to get stuck in the grooves of the glass. This is a slightly risky practice though as if there is a weak point in the glass the vibration
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 have just finished a front door transom light for a lovely family in Exmouth. They have been renovating their Victorian terrace and my design is one of the finishing touches. The brief was to create a mermaid panel with some turquoise and to blend with the decor of the house. The mermaid was to reflect the British coast, with cool colours and also still let light into the hall way. I used a range of Spectrum and cathedral glass for the window, using the textures and pattern
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
A lovely couple from near Hereford came to pick up their finished panel today, they were on holiday in Devon for the weekend, so I had to get it done by lunchtime today!
I enjoyed making this 28×74 cm panel to replace the window in an internal hallway. The lady who commissioned the piece wanted the elements of an angel motif and peacock feathers. Her partners name is angel in German and her mothers maiden name was Peacock, This is what I came up with!
The panel has an etche