Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens to Host International Glass + Clay Exhibition

Wall Art Criss ChaneyUS and UK artists meet for exhibition of Glass and Ceramics

I am delighted to be a part of this showcase in Sunderland of the International Glass and Clay Exhibition, which was held in Washington DC in March of this year, until 29 September.  The original exhibition included the work of 16 Sunderland creative businesses and artists alongside glass and ceramics pieces by artists from the DC area (curated in partnership with Washington Glass School, Flux Ceramics studio, and Artomatic in Washington DC under the city’s Friendship Agreement).

The Sunderland showcase is shared by 2 venues: small scale cabinet work is being shown at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (Burdon Road, Sunderland, SR1 1PP) and larger scale and wall pieces are being show at Creative Cohesion Gallery at 21Nile St, Sunniside.

Alongside the work of Sunderland makers, this showcase event features pieces by seven of the DC based artists, including Tim Tate and Michael Janis who spent 2 weeks here at the University and National Glass Centre as Fulbright Visiting Specialists in March 2012 (working with students and staff as well as with Sunderland creative businesses through Creative Cohesion).

Using an art exhibition as a bridge between two countries, the Sister City program brought together Sunderland and Washington DC in a show that celebrates the medias of glass and clay and the relationship between the two cities. The exhibition was first shown at Washington DC’s Edison Place Gallery in March this year and has now traveled to Sunderland, England; this is the third collaboration with Sunderland’s Sister City DC. In 2008 Glass 3 was held in Georgetown and in 2009, 38 artists from Sunderland participated in the 10th Artomatic.

The exhibition is being shown over two venues in Sunderland, Creative Cohesion and Sunderland Museum from 22nd August- 29th September.

DC artists exhibiting: Sean Hennessey, Jeff Herrity, Michael Janis, Tamara Laird, Laurel Lukaszewski, Tim Tate, Novie Trump.

UK artists exhibiting: Stephen Beardsell, Criss Chaney, James Maskrey, Brian Thompson, Robyn Townsend, Margareth Troli, Roger Tye, Phil Vickery and Philippa Whiteside.

Glass and Clay poster

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One to One Stained Glass Tutorials

Private stained glass session

Looking at the design and choosing colors

In November I did a private teaching session with Amy Wang an international business student from Shanghai. She is working towards an arts award in the hopes that she will be able to develop ways of thinking creatively and apply that to her business practice. As part of her arts award she spent two days with me creating a stained glass mandala. She used the copper foil technique, and black tracing paint to create the design she wanted. You can visit her blog for a step by description of the process.

If you are an individual or and organization and you would like private lessons in stained glass please get in touch with me for a quote. Also if you are interested in attending one of my evening classes visit my classes page for dates, times, and costs.

 

 

Glass cutting learning

 

 

 

 

 


 

The Big Picture, Community Artwork for Sunderland

The Big Picture, in the kilnFor the past couple months I have been collaborating with two other local artists from other disciplines to create, a piece of community artwork.

From 3rd October 2011 until the 16th October 2011 Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will play host to one of Sunderland’s largest collaborative pieces of artwork. The Big Picture project was specifically developed to encourage
as many people as possible to create artwork in a similar theme to show the massive variety of responses individuals can have.

Three local artists from very different disciplines Criss Chaney an American glass artist based in Sunderland, Liz Shaw a ceramicist and entrepreneur, and Jo Howell fine artist owner of Maverickart, stopped around 150 people on a busy
Friday in the Bridges shopping centre in July to get them creating their very own small artworks. Supported by Starbucks, The Bridges, Creative Cohesion and Sunderland Council, the project took the theme of Summer and encouraged participants to create a 3” x 3” tile in any of the art mediums mentioned.

The response was phenomenal, with some people choosing to stick around to make a tile in all 3 mediums! For 2 wonderful weeks the tiles will be shown altogether creating The Big Picture which you can see between the Museum’s opening hours Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm, and Sunday 2pm until 5pm.

Due to the resounding success and number of participants, plans are being put into place to develop the project for 2012 in a Sports theme to coincide with the Olympic Games. So if you missed out making a tile this time, don’t worry there is always next year!

Jo Howell the Big Picture Sunderland

New Glass Casting Course Starting Next Monday!

My family workshops last month have gone so well that I have decided to start an evening course for adults.

Learn to cast glass and create your own art pieces from scratch. Great for easy and personal gifts or just to liven up your home. Make sculptural decorative work, or a functional display item.

This class will cover clay sculpting, basic open facemoulds, rubber alginate moulds, lost wax, and glass casting. Perfect for beginners to learn the process, and for those who already know the process to experiment with new ideas.

A range of glass is included in the materials fee, and all Materials will be provided. Please wear old clothes, plaster can be messy.

Location: Creative Cohesion, 20/21 Nile Street, Sunderland, SR1 1EY

Dates: Mondays, Starting August 15th, 6-9pm

Cost: £20 per session

You can contact me if you have any questions- or if you’re ready to roll just fill in the course registration form to let me know you’re coming.

 

Don't fear you can still make some glass!

My workshops at the American Market went well, I was inundated with people wanting to have a go, and they made some pretty awesome things, we had people making ducks, suns and even cornish pasties! It was really exciting seeing what people came up with. Now I just need to get them cast, I can’t wait to see how they all look when they come out of the kiln.

If you missed my workshops at the American Market don’t fear you have another opportunity to have a go at making something to cast in glass this Saturday July 9th. I’ll be demonstrating how to make super cute animals! We’ll have dogs, cats, frogs, fish, pigs, butterflies- you name it we’ll have a go at it.

Creative Cohesion is holding a FREE art day, so you can come and have a go at a whole variety of things:

Art Classes and Workshops in Sunderland

Glassblowing with Roger Tye

Glass Casting with Criss Chaney

Japanese Flag Making with Theresa Easton

Pastel Drawing with Joe Robinson

Ceramics with Pip Whiteside

Throw a Clay Pot on a Wheel with Liz Shaw

Spray Painting with Frank Styles from Studio Q

FREE raffle where you can win some seriously lovely prizes.

The fun starts at 10am be there or be square!

Creative Cohesion
20/21 Nile Street
Sunniside
Sunderland
SR1 1EY

Arts Festivities in Sunderland

I will be having a stall at the first ever American Market on July 2nd, in Sunniside Gardens, Sunderland. I will have a selection of small gift items for sale including original handmade jewellery, and paperweights.Glass Necklace Sunderland

I will also be offering people the chance to have a go at making your own glass to take home, it’s a little taster session for my full six week evening class. Cost £10.
You can make a small item for yourself, or as a gift, its totally up to you what you want to make, it could be a small sculpture, an item of jewellery, a little box, or bottle, coaster… really anything you can make in clay- we can do in glass. The taster session will last between 45 minutes to an hour and half it depends on how much detail you want to put in your piece and how long it takes you to sculpt it.
Handmade Jewellery, SunderlandThis session is great for kids as well. Once you have sculpted your clay, we will pour the mould, you’ll have to let it sit for about 30 minutes, in which time you could go and enjoy the other wonderful activities we have going on in the park including a live 50’s style rock’n’roll band. Then you can come back and dig out your clay, and clean out the inside of the mould, and pick your glass to go into it.
I will be casting all the glass at a later date, but I will be videoing it so you can see all the steps. Then your piece will be ready to pick up!

This market is part of the Sunderland International Friendship Festival which runs across the city. This year we are celebrating our connections with the US, Washington DC being one of our twin cities, the theme is aptly coordinated to the US celebrations, 1-4th of July, culminating in American Independence Day celebrations at Washington Old Hall on Monday, July 4.

On July 2nd the great activities and entertainment includes:

  • Live glassblowing demonstrations in the gardens

  • Ceramics demonstrations and you can have a go at making your own pot

  • Make your own glass sculpture mini sessions

  • 22 stallholders selling fine foods, handmade crafts, and gifts

  • Live Jazz

  • American Style Rock’n’Roll Band

  • Live Radio Broadcast by Spark FM

 Activities in Sunniside Gardens July 2nd 2011

Art Courses at Creative Cohesion

Well Joe Robinson’s Life drawing classes are off to a good start, they’ve been running for a few weeks now, and we have a steady flow of professional, amateur, and student artists. Remember its never too late to take up drawing and its never too late to take this course- each session is a standalone session, and all materials are provided. Just bring £15 and your inspiration. Classes are held Wednesday evenings 6:00-8:30 pm.

Liz Shaw’s Ceramics workshops are going to start on this Tuesday (June 7th) so its not too late to join. They will be starting from 6:00pm and will end at 8:30pm. The sessions will be £15 pound each. In the first week she will be covering Slumping, throwing and also if there is time, some slab building. If you are interested in coming down then either give her a ring on 07816204986, or just turn up at Creative Cohesion, 20-21 Nile St, Sunniside, Sunderland, SR1 1EY.

 

Announcing a New Course: Glass Sculpture and Casting!

Learn to cast glass and create your own art pieces from scratch. Great for easy and personal gifts or just to liven up your home. Make sculptural decorative work, or a functional display item.

This class will cover clay sculpting, basic open facemoulds, rubber alginate moulds, lost wax, and glass casting. Perfect for beginners to learn the process, and for those who already know the process to experiment with new ideas.

A range of glass is included in the materials fee, and all Materials will be provided. Please wear old clothes, plaster can be messy.

Course Fee: £125 for six, three-hour sessions Payment due at first lesson.

Location: Creative Cohesion, 20/21 Nile Street, Sunderland, SR1 1EY

Dates: Mondays, July 4th, 11th, 25th, Aug 1st, 8th, 15th 6-9pm

You can contact me if you have any questions- or if you’re ready to roll just fill in the course registration form!

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