Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Ethical Engagement Ring

Recently I was emailed this fabulous photograph...

... from a lady whose partner had secretly commissioned me to make an ethical blue sea glass engagement ring for her.  He really wanted blue to echo her love of surfing and painting the sea. When we went to look for some blue, a rare colour round these parts, I stepped onto the shore and declared loudly 'Come on beach, this is for LOVE!' Laughing, I took one more step further and this piece was right at my toes, perfect!

She said yes!

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Squarescapes at Coldstream Museum

As well as working at Coldstream Gallery and teaching, Rich has managed to produce a fabulous set of his squarescapes ready to exhibit at Coldstream Museum at the end of March, it is going to look brilliant! Do pop in to Coldstream Gallery to see us after!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Coldstream Gallery Spring Clean

Our new venture at Coldstream Gallery kicked off last November and we've really been enjoying it. The Winter Exhibition was a gorgeously varied selection of new work from local artists and we were delighted with the reaction; thank you so much to everyone who showed work and visited and purchased! 

The Winter Exhibition Window
The gallery has traditionally closed for a winter break in February so we decided to stick with that arrangement to allow us the chance to freshen up the space. Our first job was to clear out the gallery and store away any remaining work before tackling the walls with filler and sandpaper.

Ready to paint the upper gallery

It was then time to get painting! It took three weeks to repaint over the walls and we are very grateful to our mate Karen at Loaf B&B for helping us out. The start of the process was relaxing and meditative, however, it soon developed into manically dancing along to 6 Music and we even scheduled our tea breaks around tea time theme time!

We spent a fair amount of time up ladders and gathered the shin bruises to prove it. As the walls became ever brighter and whiter we felt it was all worthwhile; features of the building were becoming more apparent and we hoped it would give us a fresh look for exhibitions.

Eventually, we got all the decorating and tidying completed, new work came in and the Spring Exhibition opened on the 3rd March. Visitors have responded well to the new look and the new exhibition and it's lovely to chat with people again rather than just wave a paint splattered hand through the window!

This is what the gallery looks like now!

Bright and light and airy

New sofas for the tearoom area

And, yes, Rich did draw in the window again...

Wednesday, 7 January 2015


Molly cat made it onto the mural at The Chain Bridge Honey Farm
Wintry Holy Island

Monty joined us as a teeny wee lad
My beautiful sister with her siblings just before getting married

Discovered a fabulous local flower farm
Lynne and Carl's wedding day
Hester continued to be an essential workshop companion

Finally met a Goldsworthy

Holiday neighbour
Rich setting up at Coldstream Gallery

Visit to my folks resulting in finally seeing the Wallace grin toy in action

Spittal rainbow

Rope twists kept coming this year
My Nana's 90th Birthday; thanks to our lovely neighbour taking my wedding dress across the Irish Sea we got a photo of us together in the frock

Gorgeous Suzie's wedding, here with her fab siblings

Day out in Dublin with my brother

Beachy family photo shoot
Sea glass, patterned ring bands and fancy bezels, yes!

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