A Starling Called Ella

Listening to the radio today it came to my attention that it is Ella Fitzgerald’s centenary !  In a couple of weeks on 25 April she would have been 100 years old if she was still alive! Known as the Queen of Jazz, her version of Gershwin’s song “Summertime” has to be one of my favourite all time songs.

Ella collaborated with many great jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, and one rainy Sunday a few weeks ago I had a naming ceremony for my starlings whilst listening to some of these old greats.

Here’s Ella, she is helping me to advertise my sale in my Artfinder shop.  Some of the other jazz starlings are there too!

Duke and Dizzy are on my website here

Also if you use this code at checkout you will get a further £20 off your first order! http://artf.in/2Jp2Rg

The sale ends this Monday 17th April.

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The Sky is Flying with Flock ‘n Roll!

I have been revisiting an idea I had in 2011 where I made three pieces of work for an exhibition called “Flocks” at the Craft Centre in Dartington, Devon.  You can see the 2011 works here
You can also read about my experiments using photoshop to get an idea of grout colour and how it might work here

And if you are still interested then you can see my animation here

Those pieces came about after spending a peaceful day on Priddy Moor on the Mendip Hills.
As I walked that day the sky was filled with the sound of larks singing, but as I looked into the sky I couldn’t see a single lark. It was as if they had blended into the sky; they made the sky the colour it was.

The Sky is Flying series

So here I am again cutting those bird shapes which I so love doing! Each work is a different sunset or a part of a sunset. While I work it is interesting to see how  the coloured glass works together. I try to replicate colours of the sky as much as I can but some combinations don’t work as I would expect them to and require a different shade which is sometimes quite a subtle change.   I love the glass with the copper fleck bringing that extra hint of sunset light into the pieces.

It takes a little time to assemble the birds so that there is as little space around them as possible, whilst at the same time allowing them to fly free!

You may notice that some of my titles contain titles and lyrics stolen from a few of my favourite rock songs.

See if you can guess what they are. Answers on a postcard to:

Red House,

Black Dog Road,

Solsbury Hill,

Tin Pan Valley

or leave a comment below!

(Btw, I am not really that old, but I was brought up with the sound of 60’s and 70’s rock songs that over the years have become one with the fabric of my being! And today there are very few musicians who can play as well)

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Birds Who Bring Sunset

Birds Who Bring Sunset

Flying Sunset

Flying Sunset

A Golden Winged Bird Passing my Way

A Golden Winged Bird Passing my Way

In Formation (the Code of Flying)

In Formation (the Code of Flying)

Amongst Birds of the Sleepy Red Glow

Amongst Birds of the Sleepy Red Glow

Feathers and Leaves

…and flowers… A collection of new pieces. Please contact me if you are interested in any garden paving stones or bird baths or wish to commission a piece for you garden or home. Click the links to buy feather pictures.

Golden Leaf Bird Bath (sold)

Golden Leaf Bird Bath -hand gilded glass (sold)

How can you not be inspired by a Solar Eclipse?

There is a reality TV programme  about random families or couples watching the TV, and we watch their reactions and comments on the programmes they are watching. I quite like the concept of watching people watching, it’s a sort of voyeuristic voyeurism. I suppose if you were studying psychology or sociology, you might find it quite an interesting programme but I’m afraid I have only so far managed to watch about 2 minutes of it before having to switch the channel over. I caught a little bit the other day when they were watching a report about the recent solar eclipse. She said something like “that’s amazing, isn’t it Bill?” and Bill says “no, I don’t know why everyone is so worked up about it, I don’t care what the moon and the sun are doing…”

WHAAAA???? What is wrong with you??? You wouldn’t even be here if it wasn’t for the sun and the moon!!!!

I nearly threw something at the TV, but not wishing to be too tempestuous or break the screen, I decided to finish my solar eclipses I had started the day before.

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As I watched the partial solar eclipse from my garden this year through the filter of hazy clouds, I experienced the same exciting feeling I had whilst watching the total eclispse in 1999. It was like watching a silent magical dance, and each peep of the sun felt like time had stopped still, meanwhile the garden was gradually cast into moon shadow with a strange eerie half light.
These are a small series of total and partial eclipses, made using slate and genuine gold leaf glass tile .  I have presented them as a treasure in a smart white box frame .
I really wanted to make an animated series of these, but I only had the 4 backing slates at the time and that wasn’t quite enough. As I am sourcing some more I might return to this idea in the near future.

If you like my little treasures you can buy them on my Artfinder shop.

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