Literally hundreds of wishes have been tied to my tree, at least 4 pairs of curtains, an old double duvet cover and goodness knows what else; I am really chuffed that now people have started bringing their own strange trinkets and special bits to add to the tree. Thanks to unknown members of the public who have refilled the bin with scraps of material in between my visits! This sculpture is part of the TRAIL recycled sculpture trail on Teignmouth sea front. We also have an in
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 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!
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???
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
Way back in Autumn 2010 I started discussing a large window commission to be fitted into a double glazed unit for a family in Cambridgeshire, first the glazer was busy, so they missed their slot with me and since then I have been flat out with other projects. They have been very patient and finally I have made a decent start on their piece! The brief was for a design based on their favourite spot, Crackington on the North Devon coast to fill a large window looking onto a larg
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
I have re All of our upstairs windows have these lights above the doors and I am slowly working my way around the house! On the 25th November at Exeter Cathedral there is a performance of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition and local contemporary artists have been invited to create a visual response to one of the pieces of the movement (sorry if the terminology is wrong I am not a classical buff!) to be exhibited along side the performance. I have chosen The Bogatyr Gates
I seem to have the seaside on the brain this week. I am longing for the good weather to be back! so I am imagining myself there with lots of colourful designs, but a bit of shelter from the wind, I finished this one today and will make the other designs tomorrow, hopefully! #window #seaside #design #commission #shabbychic #Exeter #summer #reclaimed #AmyMccarthy #weddingpresent #bespoke #sunshine #stainedglasspanels #recycled #gifts #beachhuts #handmade #Devon #craft #beach #a
I keep selling these heart strings before I get to list them on my online shop, but finally they are available for sale on my Folksy shop and Zibbet. So if you have missed out in the shops I sell in, then here is your chance! #stripey #folksy #gift #amyorangejuice #reclaimed #AmyMccarthy #bright #stainedglass #recycled #handmade #heart #glass
I am trying to incorporate new techniques into my panels, and I have been experimenting with acid etching. I have managed to etch this fish across several pieces of glass and I am very pleased with the effect and it really adds depth to a classic panel.
I have new commissions in the next couple of weeks, so I will have lots of exciting posts soon
It is for sale in my Folksy shop #lead #pond #reclaimed #blue #green #water #acidetching #fish #stainedglass #recycled #handmade
The Going Green Exhibition at Otterton Mill has recieved quite a lot of attention and I have a big mention in the Western Morning News double page spread: #art #design #costumejewelery #Exeter #GoingGreen #reclaimed #AmyMccarthy #blue #green #VeronicaGosling #Easter #freeexhibition #OttertonMill #rubbish #TRAIL #mixedmedia #recycled #Exhibition #handmade #Devon #JanePerkins #unique #artisan #free