This morning’s excitement…

30 08 2012

It’s tragic that Megsie gets so excited about such a tiny little jobbie, we know, but she’s been waiting a long time for this…

 

 

Again we went off to work and arrived back too late to see the finished article.

Fait accompli, slab wise. Can’t wait to get a gander in the morning.





Update on Megsie’s workshop…

29 08 2012

This morning, as Megsie left for work…

 

 

It was dark when we got home, so have to wait until tomorrow to check out the day’s progress…





NSAGP blog: round 2…

29 08 2012

We’ve just had notice from our fave man in Wagga Wagga, Michael Scarrone, that the latest chapter in the National Student Art Glass Prize bolg has been kicked off…

The latest winner of Wagga Wagga Art Gallery’s acclaimed National Student Art Glass Prize was announced on Friday, 23 March by renowned Australian glass artist and jeweller Blanche Tilden. The Prize was awarded to Christopher Boha, from the South Australian School of Art, for his work Pile of bones, an exploration of home, distance and emotional territory.
Christopher receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend masterclasses at North Lands Creative Glass in Scotland, UK, one of the world’s most prestigious centres for the study and development of glass as an artform.

Please log on to the link below to follow Chris’ study tour/blog

www.nsagp2012.blogspot.com.au





Red letter day at the Hideout…

28 08 2012

Well, yesterday was a big day for the Gang.

Here’s a wee photojournal…

 

Phase One complete.





Trish biz…

28 08 2012

Opened last week, but up for another month…





Opening tonight at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery…

24 08 2012

Excitement’s building in expectation of tonight’s opening of Beyond the Garage at the BVRG.

Peter Fay’s in town to launch it and the eftpos machine is at the ready (it’s gunna go off!!) We  had a school group through this morning and there’s already a rash of red dots spreading across the walls…and it doesn’t open until 6pm tonight!! To describe this exhibition as popular would be an understatement.

We’ll bring you all the excitements of the opening later – but meanwhile here’s a tease: Gavin Irvin’s Critter series





Glassie spotto…

20 08 2012

…guess who?

 

 

You’ll never work it out in a month of Sundays. It’s Nigel!! Back in 1974. Pure gold.

We loves that. And we had the added bonus of the real deal – Nige and Pammy Faye swung by for lunch yesterday.

 

 

A rare treat these days, both of them so busy with various work commitments/ exciting projects on the front burner.

But we figure there’s only 12 sleeps until spring, and the warmer weather’s sure to entice them back far sooner than later next time around…





Ranamok 2012…

16 08 2012

…and the winner is…

 

 

Can’t say that we were all that keen on it – way too daggy for ours (we love her cakes and flummeries on the other hand, too yummy for words.)

It was a mixed bag as per usual; plenty of woofers interspersed with some seriously good work. It was hard to go past Evelyn Dunstan’s exquisitely delicate lost wax cast (in one)piece…

 

 

…absolutely breathtaking. She won a couple of year’s ago but deserved to pick it up again we reckon.

We were prepared to be impressed with the loop weave dilibags – as in, wow, that sheila’s come a long way, in veritable leaps and bounds – until the artist fessed up that she hadn’t actually made them, only ‘designed’ them. After all, she explained, it would take 20 years to become as good a blower as Tom. Er, quite – our very point. [And actually she ought to be able to knock them over, one would think, with an undergraduate course at the ANU. Sign up, that’s our advice, if you truly think that it’s your métier. n(Ed)]

No disrespect, but we were kinda shocked. This is a competition, after all. Predicated on skill and innovative technique (…supposedly).

Here’s the rest of the field, for those who haven’t seen it. Was it worth the drive…well, the jury’s still out on that one. But we did at least catch up with some of our fave peeps…

 

 

…and scored the added bonus of swinging by the Design ed 2 exhibition at the ANU School of Art Gallery. That super sexy couch by Jon Goulder alone was worth the trip…

 

 

General mugshots, design-o-rama and the evening’s glass eye candy (or not, as the case may be!!) here.





Pony Express…

13 08 2012

This last week has brought a couple of serious treats – first a visit from Hilary, who dropped in for some quality gaol time  (no snaps, too much yakking – an oversight we’ll attempt to redress at the Ranomok on Wednesday.)

And then, in the mail…

 

 

…arrived what very well might turn out to be the glass publication of the year…

 

 

…from Debster, Leader of the Free Glass World.

This sweet little booklet is an almost poetic compilation of memories/photo montage spanning the decade and a half that represents the sum of the life of one of Adelaide’s best loved indie glass studios, The Blue Pony.

 

 

What a perfect souvenir of the time and the place and the energy.

We devoured it immediately. Sooo Pony.

Never ever even faintly try-hard.

 

 

Oh how it makes one sigh for what might have been. Before love’s labour was lost in Canberra.

Before all those years of hope and vision – spent tirelessly massaging working paper after working paper through the lower duodenum of local government by the early cadre of the faithful (Lienors et al )  – were wiped out by the untimely death of Stephen and the subsequent demise of Camelot.

In contrast to the Pony, the Glassworks reads more like some phantasmogoric off-Broadway production.  Shades of Macbeth and Cuckoo’s Nest. No accommodating access studio/empathetic meeting of the minds here, more’s the pity. Just the cold bastard child of a Corning-Tecoma wannabe mentality.  The wellbeing and best interests of the majority carelessly sacrificed to the ambitions of the few.

Ah well, what can ya do?

There’s been a quiet stirring in the backwoods, we hear.

Whispers of Indie Glass Inc…

Let’s hope the plot thickens.

[Thanks Debster – we adored the book.  All class.  And it’s a timely reminder of what’s really important in the broader scheme of things. n(Ed)]





Vale Robert Hughes…

13 08 2012

Way late, we know, but we’ve only just found time to stop and really think about it.

 

 

Another hero bites the dust.

 

 

Oh how we’ll miss his extraordinary perspicacity.