Museum Humanum, Fratres welcomes international Artist Criss Chaney for Solo Show

Window Glass Wall Art

As part of the 2013 Kulturbrücke, hosted by the Museum Humanun, Fratres, Austria, I have been invited to fill the gallery with as much artwork as I can. This years theme its ‘The Year of the Woman’, so I have created a dozen new pieces specifically for this show revolving around the theme of women, goddesses and caves, using my unique blend of glass and mixed media. The exhibition opens August 24th, and is free to all, but bring your wallets as this is a unique opportunity to buy some original artwork and support the Museum in its cultural activities and events.


Hope Winch Society Prize

Hope Winch Society Prize 2011This is the second year running that I have been commissioned to make the annual award for the Hope Winch Society. This award goes out to a third year student who has been voted the most proficient in their year. This years lucky winner was Xin Ning Tan a student from Malaysia.  The design of the award is based on a gelcap and is solid sculpted glass weighing 1.5kg.

The Hope Winch Society is for all University of Sunderland Pharmacy Graduates.  Named after Hope Constance Monica Winch, who was appointed as the first head of the University’s pharmacy department and was instrumental in its development. After Hope Winch’s death in 1944, the Hope Winch Memorial Committee was set up, and formed the Hope Winch Memorial Scholarship, a prize awarded to the most proficient 2nd year pharmacy student. The presentation of this is at an award ceremony which includes a lecture from an invited high-ranking individual. This is known as the Hope Winch Lecture. Now, the committee gives give the prize to the most proficient third year student, and there are also prizes for most proficient first and second year students.

If you have an award or prize that you would like made in glass, please contact me to discuss your needs.

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







University of Sunderland’s Alumni Award

I have recently completed a commission for the University of Sunderland’s Alumni Association. The Alumni Award celebrates and honours Sunderland graduates who have gone on to make a difference in the world either in their careers, community involvement, philanthropy, or by displaying meritorious heroism.

This year they wanted a custom design base on the University’s logo, but not just a direct copy of it. So taking inspiration from some of the design elements in the campus buildings I went for this.

Award Design for Sunderland Alumni Association

If you have any awards or commissions you would like made in glass go ahead and contact me to discuss the options.

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 Stained Glass Classes Starting

I will be starting a new stained glass class at Creative Cohesion in Sunderland. Learn the ancient art of stained glass, make your own panels, windows, sun-catchers, lampshades, and much more. We will also explore some more experimental techniques, by incorporating found objects and custom made glass. Beginners and those with experience are welcome.

Contact me to register your interest and let me know what days and time would suit you best.

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.