October 3, 2016

I recently found this article from Dustin Timbrook and it says the same thing I've been saying for years - art schools produce rounded, confident adults who will be the creators of our future aesthetic.  Everyone I speak to about education and the future of the job mar...

July 1, 2016

The global art-glass industry is in turmoil this summer. A large part of the global market for kiln-forming is supplied with raw materials by just four large glass foundries. Glass artists, like me, are fiercely loyal to their preferred brand for a very good reason; yo...

June 10, 2016

Since the economic downturn at the end of the "noughties" there has been a renewed interest, worldwide, in artisanal craft. This new arts & crafts movement seems to be (at least in part) a reaction to anonymous, mass produced disposable goods and there's a growing move...

June 10, 2016

As an independent designer-maker I have to constantly find ways to sell my work in order to fund the creation of new work.  Nothing unusual there.  I'm very lucky in that my glass-making has been self-funding for a few years now (which only means I make enough from sal...

June 10, 2016

It seems to be a generally held belief that the people who learn to play piano or attend dance classes or paint in oils or watercolours are the well-off, higher-earning part of society (the 'posh' ones). Well, Oxford University's Aaron Reeves has published a study whic...

June 10, 2016

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN FEBRUARY 2015

It's been a while since I wrote that glass is a solid and not, as some people believe, a liquid.  It's a conversation I have quite regularly these days when people ask what I do for a living and I explain that I melt glass in a kiln to...

June 10, 2016

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN DECEMBER 2015

Ask any economist and they will tell you the most vibrant and successful economies are those based around manufacturing.  Economies based on service industries just don't work.  In order stop money from going around in circles within a...

June 10, 2016

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN NOVEMBER 2014

As anyone who reads my blog will know I finally mastered the production of gravity drop fused glass vases this summer. I've had some excellent success and have put photos of my pieces on my social media, blog and website.  As a result...

June 8, 2016

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN OCTOBER 2014

Catching up with the news from the craft sector I was surprised to learn that last year the government proposed that 'crafts' should be removed from the list of recognised creative industries. The changes were proposed as part of a revi...

June 6, 2016

ORIGINALLY POSTED IN MARCH 2014

The past couple of hours composing a finely wrought, well planned argument in favour of renewed support for adult education and the arts during this difficult economic time has just been lost to the ether... So much for expecting text to...

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