Saturday, 31 December 2011

Christmas Present

As my wife did not like the blank fanlight above our door, I decided to give her and the flat a Christmas present of a scene that I call "The West".

View from inside during the day

View from the outside at night.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Renfrew Town Hall

One more piece of work had to be fitted in before the new year.  

I have been working on various repairs to the leaded glass of the Town Hall since October.  Various work has been required, from simple cleaning of very dirty glass to extensive rebuilding of some small panels.  Protective glazing has been added to the rear entrance, and minor repairs to broken glass have been completed.

As the building neared completion, more glass was broken and needed repairs before handover.  The building company - CBC - needed to hand over the building to Renfrew Town Council before the end of the year.  Unfortunately during the work more glass was broken in the work to finish the entrance area.

So I received an appeal to come to finish the additional repairs before the 31st.

It is now done and I merely have to wait to see if there are snagging issues before I receive my first payment.  The final 5% is to be received a year after completion.  Such is the building trade.

I hope you had a good Christmas and I wish everyone the best for 2012 - I think we are going to need it.

Friday, 23 December 2011

Last Before Christmas?

Yesterday I installed my final piece of work for the year.  This was a pair of windows for a bathroom that looks onto the tenement stair well.

The client picked the image from the gallery section of my site.  We worked on the colours and final design together and produced a result pleasing to both of us.  The design is based on my "Piquant Bouquet" series of autonomous panels.

view from the stair well

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Déjà vue

It is strange how if you keep practicing in one area for a time, you get to see things a second time.  This happened to me with South park Avenue and now it has happened with a door in Scotstoun.

I first saw this door about 15 years ago as a result of pellet damage.  Approximately where the masking tape crosses below the left hand side of the central medallion, there was a hole probably caused by a pellet gun.  I did not have the expertise to fill this hole and so asked Linda Cannon - who is now part of Cannon MacInnes - to see if she could repair this with resin, which she did to great effect.  

Unfortunately during the windy weather we have been having recently, the builders working on the house left the back and front doors open.  The wind did the inevitable and blew the front door shut, breaking the glass.  As this seems to be the last of these doors in the locality, the owners are keen to have a reproduction made.

The whole window has an arts nouveau feel about it although the central image seems to come from an older time.  It is certainly worth reproducing as faithfully as possible.  Linda and are placing bids for the work.

Sunday, 11 December 2011

Christmas Show

Parade Artists completed its (now) annual Christmas Show in the Wasps Hanson St studio building last weekend.  We used the same kind of set up as last year since it  worked well then.  
The ceramics section ready for the show

The various media - Ceramics, Glass, Painting and Textiles were each set up in a group.  There were also plinths and display sections throughout the show area where the various forms were in mixed displays.

Glass section at the end of the day
Some of the paintings displayed

We were fortunate to have sponsorship from Kopparberg and also to have Supper in the Suburbs provide a  pop-up cafe

Some of the Kopparberg and some of the baking from Supper in the Suburbs

Some visitors enjoying the drink and baking

Although the weather was bad on some days, people still came to the show.  The numbers of visitors and exhibitors were down on last year, but we were not down hearted as can be seen from the faces of these three artists.

You can follow Parade Artists on Facebook through out the year.  Plans for other shows will be announced there.