Friday, 12 July 2013


This Summer I have had an intern.  As is usual with these things, I was approached by a person.  In this case it was Aimee McCulloch who is a student at Dundee University - Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.   She found me, it is told, via an Australian aunt who she rarely sees, and who knows a person who knows my daughter.!  How many degrees of separation is that?

Aimee contacted me and showed such enthusiasm, that I could not say "no."

In fact Aimee has been a hard working and enthusiastic worker and helper.  Her enthusiasm is shown by her daily commuting from outside Edinburgh or from Dundee, and occasionally at the weekend too.

She has participated in the various activities of the studio even when they are a bit taxing, as cementing on one of the hotter days of the year so far.

But then, like all good interns, she gets to make the tea as a break from her exertions.

Really, I do try to keep her tea making to a minimum.  It would be too easy to give her all the boring jobs because she always seems willing.

Have a look at her blog for her view of her experiences while being in the studio.  Another three weeks for her and then she can have a holiday - but only if she participates in another weekend course - on painting this time.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Victorian Patterned Glass

During some work on the stair of a south side house, a slip led to an elbow being put through some Victorian patterned glass that was on the half landing.  The job was to replace the glass with something as near as possible to the original, but be more safe than previously.

Fortunately we were able to do this on toughened sheet glass.  The installed result looks almost the same as the original glass.  This shows that the original features can be kept in many houses if you ask around.