Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Visit to Saltmarsh and some reclaimed furniture!

Last week I restored an antique piece into our new coffee table!
Making something old-new is a great sensation.. I think I'll do it again..
I just cut the legs short, sanded the top back to bare wood and painted the rest mint!

I was so excited to start sanding the top that I forgot to take a 'before' shot.

Visited Warnambool in May. This resolve of this patch of grass was a memorable visual from the trip.
I spent 2 weeks with my friend Glenistair in this studio/gallery that he built himself! Its called Saltmarsh you should go there for a cuppa if you're ever in Warnambool, Victoria.
We drove this beauty to the studio each morning where we made his 'bishops table' project,
an interesting project to say the least. It was good fun to hang out with his fam and was just really beautiful down there full stop.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

machines dreams

I dont know why, but I have recently lost sight of something I really want/need to do-
Make built in glasswares for homes. Integrated interior outfitting/design is a direction i intend to re focus on.
Before I came to the jam in Adelaide, I had this idea I called 'Heat Treatment-Custom Glass Interiors'. To me it meant the endeavour to seek and create jobs where I would be designing glass to be built into interior spaces in a hyper customized fashion.. The ultimate fantasy would be to work with architects and home owners, to make complete ranges of objects; lighting, drink wares, product staging and built in glass art features- all built into the spaces, structurally, with a holistic approach to stylizing a space as opposed to just arbitrarily placing things on mantles and tables with no real continuity or cohesive design vision.

I came across these 2 photos recently and was reinvigorated and re oriented to the 'Heat Treatment' dream.
I have made steps toward this dream. Thanks to the supportive nature of my folks, the above snap is of their lounge/dining room, where my dad and I chewed a hole in a perfectly good wall in 2008 and installed a custom shaped nook and shelf to house a set of 9 grey forms titled 'Shady Characters' with LED spotlights in the depth to boot... very snazzy. Its almost hard to see in this photo but thats kinda the point,, they are so quietly placed in the space, that they are almost hard to notice.. I like that quality. Built in, customised, sweet.
I'll try to find a shot of it all lit up at night.. its a very cool night light and feature of the dining room.
This photo is from a 2010 client named Jane Clayton who commissioned two over sized Tangent bottles to be placed in these alcoves in her lounge room.. It looks like they are the only thing in there.
This arrangement is a little more pedestrian in that the glass was made to fit an existing feature but its still a step in the right direction!
Anyhow just thought I should post these to help get the idea back into my head (get some feedback) and maybe even score some action! You want something to this effect? let me know, we'll do lunch.
I figure if I could just be a better administrator of this idea it could surely turn into a good facet of my career. hopefully.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Heres a link to The Guild Shop in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
I have sent some work there to be in a show called 'In Formed By Fire'
It opens may 19.. If you are in the Toronto area, check it out!!

Monday, May 2, 2011

weddin' set

Here are some snaps of the finished set I spoke of earlier this month. It's 8 wine glasses, 4 champagne glasses, 4 sherry glasses, 6 tumblers and a carafe.
It arrived in Sydney last week just two days before the wedding and as far as I know, was well recieved.
I also sent 2 boxes to The Guild Shop in Toronto, Ontario. They were scouting around on the Glass Art Association of Canada website and saw some of my work and asked me to be part of a glass feature in their gallery in May.. It was the first time anyone had sought me out to exhibit work so I couldn't say no.. even though it cost several pretty pennies to ship over there.. the box is in hong kong right now and i will be very relieved when it arrives safe at the end of the week...

I am heading to a mates studio in the town of Warnambool on the great ocean road this friday... hes got a studio and is hiring me to help him make a full table set based on a 17th century 'bishops table'
Its 2 weeks work, I will miss my sweet Monica... she's gonna hold down our Adelaide fort and continue getting ready for us to visit in Canada in June.
thats all for now,