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October 2017
 
 
This month's newsletter highlights :  
 
          
 Timothy Harris and  the Royal Collection     ~    An Interview with Timothy Harris on
 
 
Vectis Radio Isle of Wight
 


 

 

Hello Artius Glass & I.o.W. Studio Glass Enthusiasts!


Whoopee, we're back on track – I think! We have always aimed at 6 Newsletters a year with the addition of the odd Special Offer as and when applicable. But as with all things in one's dotage time passes at an alarmingly rapid rate and then you croak and fall off your branch (love that expression – it seems to add a more comical spin to the inevitable, apart from taxes I believe).

Anyway the time draws rapidly near for our favourite event of the year - the I. Of W. Studio Glass Collectors Studio Day (Nov. 27th. Final details to follow in due course)

Whilst I was very much at the hub of this event from the original in 2008 I have been less involved with the nitty gritty since the 'new era' apart from my presence but Richard (Harris) has asked if I would take over the main organising from next year so hopefully it will be smooth and you, dear collector, should not notice a great deal of difference, unless organised chaos rains down on us for no good reason other than Sod's Law!

So if you are thinking of attending, this is about the last call to have you confirm it. Dr. Richard may clarify that before the event as he has the final listing of attendees. So, names sooner rather than later to him, if you haven't already, would be my advice.

With the attendance of one of the brilliant 2nd generation makers from the birth of the British Studio Glass movement and still a very active Master Glassmaker, Siddy Langley, will work with Tim. It will be a VERY interesting event (now there's a challenge for Siddy and Tim!). Look up her work on www.siddy.com

 

Now for some Pretty Pictures!

1.

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Well, how often will a gem such as this come along? Originally owned by one of the shrewdest of our collectors over the past 15 years and passed on to us to offer to our other 'avid's' first. We are honoured .

An experimental design devised originally by Jonathan in the first year after his graduation when he joined his father and brother at the Studio. However it took the combination of all three to perfect the unique process devised by their fertile minds as a transfer in simple terms but much more complicated in execution. The process had endless design possibilities but did not seem to appeal to the buying public at that time.

For those who know intimately the design processes it is interesting to note that the background design is pretty much the same as that wonderful favourite 'Golden Rain'

So, very limited production on this initial design but much more success on subsequent ranges of Renaissance II albeit a very different, but similar, pattern.

Description: 'Rennaisance' tall cylinder vase

Maker : .Timothy Harris. Design ~ Jonathan, Timothy & Michael Harris. Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd.

Size: 25.5cm(10“)high x 5cm(2”) sq.

Date: .1987/8.

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I.D. Marks: .Signed 'Jonathan Harris. IoWG England '88 + black triangle sticker

Condition : . Excellent

Price: SOLD


2.

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Made as a homage to his father's most iconic and rare piece ~ the Mdina Crizzle Stone. Tim produced this and a few others (less than a handful in fact) using the same process as made famous originally by Italian (Venetian) glass masters in which a first gather is blown and decorated in one semi transparent colour (in this case blue) then re-dipped to gather, and case thickly again,with coloured glass powder (or coloured rod) added thinly to decorate with more powdered glass but including Silver Chloride creating the yellow/ green crazing (fine frit or casing with coloured rod). The process is known as Sommerso. Then dipping and casing again for a third and sometimes forth time by Venetian makers. Are you still with me??!

The last and outer left unchanged in clear glass. In this , and his father's construction, the second colour casing was quickly doused in cold water to create the crazing.

Tim had to study visually to disassemble the process in order to recreate this complex design as he had never seen his father make one. An acknowledgement to Tim's inherent talent.





Description: T.H. Trial Crizzle Stone Lollipop (in the style of Mdina M.H. Crizzle Stone)

Maker : Timothy Harris. Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd.

Size: 12.5cm(5“)high x 10.5cm(4.15”) wide

Date: .2007.

I.D. Marks: .Signed 'Timothy Harris. Isle of Wight Glass England 2007 Trial'+ gold sticker

Condition : . Excellent

Price: SOLD ( PLEASE NOTE ~ as a Special Trial piece this does NOT qualify for pcg discount.

However Free p&p does. See pcg T&C item 1.)

3.

 

 

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One from the charming 'Miniature Collection' made frequently over the years from 1989 in many of the current designs of those years. Produced up until the end of the original studio at St. Lawrence but not from the start of the 'New Era' (Jan 2013) at the new studio. Perennially appealing and collectable. But as we don't sell or price studio glass by the pound (weight) they may appear expensive for such a small item. However the fact is that with such complex surface techniques it can be more difficult to produce a well proportioned design in the painstakingly small size than a full size piece which is much more forgiving in the making. Think on that one if you will!!?

Description: 'Golden Mosaic' Miniature series vase

Maker : Timothy Harris. Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd.

Size: 6.5cm(2.5“)high x 5cm(2”) wide (Note certificate in image for size reference)

Date: 2003~2012.

I.D. Marks: .Gold square sticker

Condition : .Excellent

Price: £75.00 (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)

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Description: 'Kaleidoscope Collection' Lollipop -multi coloured.

Maker : Timothy Harris. Isle of Wight Studio Glass Ltd.

Size: .12cm(4.75“)high x 16cm(6.25”) wide

Date: .2011/12 only.

I.D. Marks: .Signed 'Timothy Harris. IoWG England 2011'+ Gold square sticker

Condition : .Excellent

Price: SOLD


And just for interest …..

 

Because we started our Privileged Collectors Group in the October of the first year of its inception – we decided, each year on the anniversary, to issue the Privileged Collectors Group (p.c.g in case you wondered what those initials stood for) members card with an image of one of the special Day Pieces produced by Tim.

So here is the next which will apply (although we have missed one or two renewing members for this image – sorry but it was quite a search to find it in our enormous photo file).

However this is not in tablets of stone as the one below was not actually a 'Day Piece' but part of a timed edition. These were available to collectors unable to make the Collectors Studio Day for a nine or twelve month period so they could indulge in a very limited 'special'. This has not been repeated since the 'New Era' started in 2014 but we could look at it again (board meeting needed!)

There were 4 designs available in this range known as 'Seasons' and below is 'Winter'. It also comprised Spring, Summer and Autumn. All very special in their own way and now extremely collectable because of the limited numbers produced. If you find one for sale and can afford it, just buy it, don't quibble too much, just go for it – you won't regret it - and no, I don't have one!

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The International Festival of Glass – Stourbridge


This year saw us again attending the glass Bienalle. This is a fabulous event running over a weekend in the summer spanning many aspects of glass in many forms and spread over a large part of Stourbridge. Broadfield House Glass Museum has now been closed by Dudley Council much to the chagrin of many thousands of Avids world wide precluding access under one roof to its enormous collection of world class British glass. However it has all been rehoused in two great venues even closer to the centre of Stourbridge known as the White House Cone with working hot glass makers and a wonderful original relic of a glass making era long gone in the massive building called the Red House Cone. This now houses many exhibits as well as working hot glass makers in one section.

The main centre though is the Ruskin Glass Centre where our own Terri L. College produces her fabulous fired enamel on glass and her world class cameo work. To remind you, her international claim to fame was being chosen to replicate the most famous piece of glass in history, the Roman cameo 'Portland Vase'. This was completed by her in conjunction with Richard Golding (Okra Glass & now Station Glass) who made the cup cased blanks for her to carve in 2012. The centre also has on show an amazing range of panel-chosen pieces by the U.K's finest glass artists. The area has other workshops and makers across all kinds of glass makers gems. The is only every two years (the name is the clue!) so if you want to overdose on viewing the finest this country has to offer – just go - but then also go to the other finest, fortunately every year ~ I. of W. Studio Glass Collectors Studio Day. See you at both?? !


 

Organisations who support the Glass World

We have for several years now belonged to one of the main organisations who support and promote new up and coming glass makers. It aims to help guide them to gain exposure to a wider, and paying public. Our favourite is the Contemporary Glass Society. There are others but even worldwide you can count them on the fingers of one hand.

Now this seems incredible when you consider what glass has given to the human race for the last 6000 years from when it was born, in ancient Mesopotamia I believe. But in the last 150 years its use and application has exploded from industry to art. (ask Andy McConnell) He does one of the most entertaining but wholly informative lectures on the massive importance of the influence of glass in its most joyous application - as a container - from perfume to booze - and more!)

We recently attended the 2017 CGS conference and AGM. Andy gave that lecture at a great venue overlooking the regenerated Bristol Docks right in the heart of this newly revived vibrant city with a fantastic extended waterfront offering art and artisan food (very close to my heart!), tall ships, S.S Great Britain and all. Very special.

If you have more than a passing interest in this wonderful medium, membership to the CGS gives other varied benefits and a exposure to collectors of other up and coming glass makers work which can easily become a real investment for the future.

Look it up on www.cgs.org.uk

Most interesting was that the attendees were exclusively from the fusion and cast glass section of studio/art glass. Apart from us and Peter Layton there was not one representing hot glass per se.

Well, a sign of the times I guess due to the cost and economy of a kiln for glass forming as opposed to the cost and maintenance of the enormous appetite a furnace has for energy.

We have watched this development with interest for several years now and with the exception of a few, most work was pretty passée in truth. However some are now emerging with more interesting and innovative applications of this process. Some fabulous work, now world class in cast glass, is reaching dizzy heights in the art world and we are talking from small beginnings to many thousands if pounds.

Two which caught our eye are shown below and are for sale with the relevant description. Nice, accomplished and interesting. The best we have seen yet using this process.

The making process ~

Both are made with a basic glass ingredient called 'frit'. This is one of the components used to decorate the surface of a blown piece and comes in various grades, rather in the way that sandpaper is, from very fine powder to chips up to around 5mm in diameter.

These pieces have been sprinkled very carefully and painstakingly into a ceramic bowl shaped mould building the colours and pattern from the centre outwards which also includes a shaped sheet of thin glass underneath. The pattern also includes the fine line between the sections of the design and finally the extreme outer edge. This would then be enclosed in a flat bed kiln and fired for several hours and an equivalent cooling(annealing) time before the moment of truth of opening to see if all was well. Not always the case!








 

Organisations who support the Glass World

 

We have for several years now belonged to one of the main organisations who support and promote new up and coming glass makers. It aims to help guide them to gain exposure to a wider, and paying public. Our favourite is the Contemporary Glass Society. There are others but even worldwide you can count them on the fingers of one hand.

 

Now this seems incredible when you consider what glass has given to the human race for the last 6000 years from when it was born, in ancient Mesopotamia I believe. But in the last 150 years its use and application has exploded from industry to art. (ask Andy McConnell) He does one of the most entertaining but wholly informative lectures on the massive importance of the influence of glass in its most joyous application - as a container - from perfume to booze - and more!)

 

We recently attended the 2017 CGS conference and AGM. Andy gave that lecture at a great venue overlooking the regenerated Bristol Docks right in the heart of this newly revived vibrant city with a fantastic extended waterfront offering art and artisan food (very close to my heart!), tall ships, S.S Great Britain and all. Very special.

 

If you have more than a passing interest in this wonderful medium, membership to the CGS gives other varied benefits and a exposure to collectors of other up and coming glass makers work which can easily become a real investment for the future.

 

Look it up on www.cgs.org.uk

 

Most interesting was that the attendees were exclusively from the fusion and cast glass section of studio/art glass. Apart from us and Peter Layton there was not one representing hot glass per se.

 

Well, a sign of the times I guess due to the cost and economy of a kiln for glass forming as opposed to the cost and maintenance of the enormous appetite a furnace has for energy.

 

We have watched this development with interest for several years now and with the exception of a few, most work was pretty passée in truth. However some are now emerging with more interesting and innovative applications of this process. Some fabulous work, now world class in cast glass, is reaching dizzy heights in the art world and we are talking from small beginnings to many thousands if pounds.

 

Two which caught our eye are shown below and are for sale with the relevant description. Nice, accomplished and interesting. The best we have seen yet using this process.

 

The making process ~

 

Both are made with a basic glass ingredient called 'frit'. This is one of the components used to decorate the surface of a blown piece and comes in various grades, rather in the way that sandpaper is, from very fine powder to chips up to around 5mm in diameter.

 

 

 

 

These pieces have been sprinkled very carefully and painstakingly into a ceramic bowl shaped mould building the colours and pattern from the centre outwards which also includes a shaped sheet of thin glass underneath. The pattern also includes the fine line between the sections of the design and finally the extreme outer edge. This would then be enclosed in a flat bed kiln and fired for several hours and an equivalent cooling(annealing) time before the moment of truth of opening to see if all was well. Not always the case!

Woodland Mushroom Bowl Christine Lababidi

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 


 








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Description: 'Woodland Mushroom Bowl' (making details above)

Maker : Christine Lababidi

Size: 20cm(8“)Diam x 6.5 cm(2.5”)high

Date: 2017.

I.D. Marks: None

Condition : New

Price: £105.00 (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)


Leaf Mini Bowl Margaret Foster

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Description: 'Leaf' mini bowl' (making details above)

Maker : Margaret Foster

Size: 12cm(4.74“)Diam x 2.5 cm(1”)high

Date: 2017.

I.D. Marks: None

Condition : New

Price: £45.00 (less pcg disc. + Free p&p)




That's All Folks!!

 

As ever, our very best regards

Ron and Ann

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