Warm Glass Prize!

Cast, blown and engraved Bullseye Glass, peregrine feather and pen nib. 2011 (photo Toril Brancher)

I am absolutely over the moon to have won the Bullseye Prize in the International Warm Glass Competition for my piece, ‘Her House is Air’, above. This piece is the first completed work in a series I am currently working on inspired by birds and poetry.

My prize is a place on an international glass artists symposium at Northlands Glass in Caithness this July organised by leading glass artist Jane Bruce – I can hardly wait!

“Trust the Process”

Opening my rubber mould.

Opening my rubber mould.

Devesting the wax.

Devesting the wax.

Making a refractory mould.

Making a refractory mould.

The moulds in the kiln ready for firing.

The moulds in the kiln ready for firing.

I am learning a lot, the whole process of making cast glass involves meticulous attention to detail which is something I have spent years moving away from in my painting!! It is certainly a challenge but I came here to be challenged.

Actually, the time involved in the making gives you time to process the work and contemplate – dream time. Just like painting, you don’t decide what to make and then make it, it is a process and the work evolves and develops.

It is a privilege to work alongside my fellow students, they are an incredibly talented bunch of women and it is fascinating seeing how they work and how their ideas are developing. There is a real energy in the group that takes us through 14 hour days in the studio.

The other thing that makes it possible to work so intensely is that we are so well catered for by Northlands. Every evening we are taken out to eat in different restaurants – The Bay View, Portland Arms, Whalligoe Steps and The Bay Owl, they have all been excellent.

Cailey Buye assisted by Caroline Oullette and others in the hotshop.

Cailey Buye assisted by Caroline Oullette and others in the hotshop.